Secrets of the Dead by Matt Ralphs

Each blogger is reviewing a brilliant non-fiction book as part of National Non-Fiction November

On the 4th of November, we mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb. A team led by Howard Carter made the discovery and set the world on an intense interest in Egypt and their processes and rituals after death.

Secrets of the Dead is published by Nosy Crow in conjunction with The British Museum. It is a close look at mummies and human remains from around the world. The contents page divides the book into Africa, America, Europe and Asia so readers can dip in and out of places as they please.

Once I started, though, there was no dipping in and out. I could not tear myself away. Perhaps we all have a fascination with death, mummies and preservation of bodies from hundreds or thousands of years ago. What I found, was not just historical fact but stories inferred from bodies, thanks to clever archaeologists, technology and clues left behind in a variety of ways.

Readers will be enthralled with this book and the in-depth look at preservation, ritual and cultures from across history.

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