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MUMMIES! A Webquest
Gail Skroback Hennessey
What do you know about mummies? Learn lots of interesting facts about mummies of the world with this webquest!
1. Tollund Man was discovered, in 1950, when two brothers were digging up peat to heat their homes. He is an example of a Bog Mummy and is VERY well preserved. In which country was Tollund Man discovered?________________With skin, a coffee brown, and red hair, what was found around his neck that made it clear that he had been murdered?_________________It is estimated that the very well preserved body dates back about ____________ years! Find the answers at this link: Greatarchaeology
2. What food was found in Tollund Man's stomach and intestines?___________________Archaeologists tried to make this food based on the ingredients found in Tollund Man's body! At first, it was thought that Tollund Man was a wealthy person who was killed for which reason?________________After much study, archaeologists determined that Tollund Man was actually killed for another reason. What is the new theory of why he was killed?_______________________ Exposed to air, Tollund Man rapidly started to decay. Tolllund Man's head and foot were preserved and placed in the Silkeborg Museum.
Find the answers at this link: great archaeology
3. Dating back 7000 years, the Chinchorro mummies are the world's oldest man-made mummies.(Yes, older than the ancient Egyptian mummies!) What has started to happen to the Chinchorro mummies? _____________________ What was found to be causing this to happen?__________________and ________________________ Near which desert were the Chinchorro mummies found?______________________Near which two present-day countries did the Chinchorro people once live? _____________and____________Find the answers at
4. What do most mummies(preserved bodies) still have? _____________,__________and__________. What grows on a dead body causing it to decay?________________ and _______________ What are three natural ways to mummify a body?________, _____________and _____________ Name THREE places in the world where cultures made man-
made( preserved) dead bodies ___________.___________and___________. Of these three cultures, which created the oldest man-made mummies?
_______________ Find the answers at this link: pbs.org
There are 12 web questions in the complete webquest. There are comprehension questions, A Did You Know? Section, extension activities, the key and additional links for teachers on the topic.Click here:MUMMIES! A Webquest/Extension Activities
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