Bodies

from the

Ice:

Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past

 

Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.


Illustrated in color and black-and-white with over 65 photographs, many of them rare. For ages 8 to adult. Published by Houghton Mifflin.

Reviews for

Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers

and the Recovery of the Past

Reviews from Professional Publications 

Kirkus Reviews (October 15, 2008) starred review

"With global warming, the glaciers that crown our highest mountains have retreated, revealing humans who died there long ago. This respectful photo-essay opens with the story of Ötzi, found in the Alps in 1991 more than 5,000 years after his death. Deem goes on to explain how glaciers work to preserve and destroy human remains and to provide some historical background. Looking beyond Europe, he describes Inca children sacrificed on high Andean peaks, the discovery of the body of George Mallory, who died on Mt. Everest in 1924, and a man who died between 1670 and 1850 in what is now northern British Columbia whose DNA revealed connections to present-day First Nations Canadians. Clearly identified lithographs, paintings and archival photos help readers see how much has changed in these high altitudes, while maps make clear the locations of particular discoveries. Photos of skulls, mummified bodies and artifacts will fascinate readers. An intriguing read, complementing the author’s highly commended Bodies from the Bog (1998) and Bodies from the Ash (2005), with a bonus environmental message...." 

School Library Journal (December 2008) starred review           

"Deem’s lucid account explores mummified remains recovered from several glacial locations and time periods. The many discoveries presented include the famous 5300-year-old Alpine Iceman Ötzi, the mummified Incan children of the Andes Mountains, and the identification of George Mallory’s body on Mount Everest. The background and methodology of glaciology are examined, as are relevant issues in climate change and archaeology; historical photographs of glaciers are compared to modern photographs of the same, much-receded ice. Full-color photographs, reproductions, and maps are clearly captioned; grand images of glaciated mountain peaks span entire pages, and detailed pictures of recovered objects, including the mummies themselves, the Iceman’s ax, and surviving fabric fragments are presented. To nitpick one point, Deem states that scientists "don’t understand" why the Ice Age glaciers retreated, instead of mentioning the Milankovitch cycles as a consensus explanation. Nonetheless, this volume provides updated information, including new insights into the causes of the Iceman Ötzi’s death. With its extensive bibliography, suggested Web sites, and a listing of glaciers to visit, Bodies is a fantastic resource. Deem superbly weaves diverse geographical settings, time periods, and climate issues into a readable work that reveals the increasing interdisciplinary dimensions of the sciences."

Chicago Tribune (November 22, 2008)

"Bodies from the Ice...gives us ...puzzles and various people trying to solve them. How did the bodies—spread out over continents and from a roughly 5,000-year time span—come to be where they are? The bodies include some who died in violent combat, while others, like the Incan children from the Andes, represent willing sacrifices made by a culture. Uniting these bodies is the book's real subtext, glaciers. The book becomes an exploration of two different kinds of science in the field. First, we're shown the ethical, mechanical and political problems that can follow the discoveries of these bodies. Who, for example, is given the privilege of naming the individual? (Don't miss the tale of "Long Ago Person Found" from British Columbia.) Second, there is the larger science of climate and the ways in which glaciers over time—advancing or retreating—must interest us all. The book starts specific and local and grows gradually into a story that is multiple and global. Illustrations here are largely photographic and sometimes startle with their realism, as in the faces of those Incan sacrificial children.... [S]cientific workers in Bodies from the Ice are in the foreground, diverse and action-oriented. This is scientific life in the field, and the book does a good job of making clear why those jobs should matter to the rest of us. Realities underneath our own skins or far away and long ago can all become exciting paths for curiosity."

Booklist (December 1, 2008)

"There are books about melting glaciers and books about frozen bodies, but this attractive offering combines the topics in a way that will intrigue readers. It begins with a chance discovery by walkers in northern Italy who find a thawing corpse originally thought to be from the 1800s. Scientists later realized the body was more than 5,000 years old. As glaciers melt throughout the world, more frozen bodies are appearing, adding greatly to the knowledge researchers have about history and culture. Individual chapters cover types of glaciers and why they are fertile territory for housing bodies; the Chamonix glacier, which saw women climbers in the early 1800s; and the mystery of George Mallory, who died trying to climb Mt. Everest. Perhaps most fascinating to kids will be the chapter on recently discovered Incan children sacrificed to the gods. The pictures of these children, looking as though they might be sleeping, are arresting. Heavily illustrated with historical memorabilia as well as photos of bodies, scenery, artifacts, and rather simplistic maps, this offers a lot to look at and learn about."

The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books (December, 2008)Recommended

"Deem seems to be turning exhumation studies into a cottage industry (in Bodies from the Ash, BCCB 12/05, etc.), and this examination of human remains uncovered by shifting glaciers boasts his signature balance of delightful shivers and solid science. Readers meet the recently deceased and the longtime goners; the victims of accident, murder, and sacrifice; corpses sought and stumbled upon; remainsintact and ravaged by grinding ice. Moving quickly beyond the sensationalism of each gruesome discovery, Deem carefully considers the terrain, ice formations, and glacial movement that variously entrap and preserve, or displace and dismember human remains. Discoveries from Europe, Asia, and the Americas are covered, including such notables as mountaineer George Mallory and the Inca ice children; a plethora of color photographs features not only the bodies but also the reclamation and research activities that enhance our understanding of the past. Deem reflects on the role of global warming in the accelerated rise in discoveries, but whether that warming results from human activity or an ice-age cycle is left open to debate. Several juxtaposed photographs of snow-covered peaks turned barren over a relatively short span of years should convince readers, though, that reduce-reuse-recycle might not be such a bad idea. Index, bibliography, and a list of related websites are appended."

Horn Book Magazine (January/February 2009)

"First there was Bodies from the Bog, then Bodies from the Ash, and now Deem continues his interest in mummified bodies with Bodies from the Ice, a book that sits comfortably at the intersection of several disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, geography, glaciology, and history. After introducing the discovery of Ötzi (who, at an estimated 5,300 years, is the oldest mummified person found in ice), Deem gives his readers a brief primer on glaciers before treating them to a tour of mummified bodies found in the ice the world over (in the Alps, Andes, Himalayas, and Rockies). Glaciers—and the preserved past they offer up—give us an intriguing peek into various cultures, yielding information on everything from human sacrifice to occult superstition to sporting endeavors. As the book concludes, a striking irony becomes evident: glaciers continue to melt at an alarming rate, warranting caution and concern for the global environment, yet even as they dwindle they offer As the book concludes, a striking irony becomes evident: glaciers continue to melt at an alarming rate, warranting caution and concern for the global environment, yet even as they dwindle they offer up more clues to our human past. The book design, with its variety of photographs, captions, and sidebars, seals the appeal. A bibliography and index are appended."

School Library Journal (February 2009), "Conversations with Dead People" (Kathleen Baxter)

"....compelling, down to its very marrow...is James Deem’s Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past.... Global warming may be a problem, but it can also present an opportunity. When glaciers melt, things appear—like human bodies. In the early 1990s, two German tourists were mountain climbing in the Ötzal Alps between Austria and Italy. The weather was warm, and they discovered a body in the thawing ice. It didn’t take the police long to realize that this was not a recently dead body. The clothing was strange. An unusual ax lay nearby. In fact, the body was over 5,300 years old! The iceman was nicknamed Ötzi (rhymes with Tootsie). Your audience might have some theories about how the iceman arrived at his final destination. 

"Deem also examines the mummified bodies of children found in the Andes mountains, and the body of a man named George Mallory who tried to climb Mount Everest in 1924, and then vanished. Experts wondered for years whether Mallory made it to the top before he presumably fell to his death; if his body could ever be found, the mystery would be solved. Well, he was, but the mystery wasn’t. Mallory continues to mystify." 

Children's Literature

"The body of the iceman was found by a couple climbing in the mountains of northern Italy, near the Austrian border in 1991. It was later determined to be the body of a man who had lived about 5,300 years earlier. An Austrian newspaper named the iceman Otzi for the Otztal Alps where the body had been found. This story will command the attention of young students, and they will learn other fascinating facts as the author explains the movement of glaciers and how over the years, many artifacts, as well as bodies, have been found as the ice shifts and melts. Many of the photographs and illustrations show the dangers that mountain climbers faced, and several of the chapters tell of climbers who perished while facing the challenges of such endeavors. The format will keep the reader interested in the ecology of the areas as well as the stories of the individuals involved. The book closes with advice on ways to help the environment and a long listing of websites for further research. A list of glaciers to visit is also included."

Science Teacher (March 2009)

"Gripping stories are accompanied by highly informative expedition photographs of human remains discovered in glaciers around the world, such as in the Alps of Europe and the Andes of Peru. The preserved bodies give us a glimpse into our human prehistory as well as the climate and inhabitants of Earth's past."

Library Media Connection (May/June 2009) starred review     

"This highly intriguing work takes readers on a fascinating venture into some of the most remote regions of the world, to glaciers that are revealing their hidden treasures as they melt at ever increasing speeds. Individual chapters discuss different glacier types with discussion of how they can preserve and destroy human remains, and they feature simple maps so readers can get their bearings. The author discusses what archaeologists learn about history and culture through study of the preserved bodies. Historical paintings, illustrations and archival photos are included throughout, as are full-color photos of mummified bodies, skulls, and other artifacts found in the ice, all of which will fascinate readers. Children will be especially engrossed by the chapter on the frozen children of the Andes in South America who were sacrificed to appease their gods. Vivid photos of human remains are eerie and will surely intrigue readers of all ages. This book is a treat to look at, but is also chock-full of enough text and factual information to be a great resource for research reports. A list of glaciers to visit and suggested Web sites are included. Bibliography. Index. Highly Recommended."

Science (December 11, 2009) "Enticing Tales of Science—Some Suggestions from 2009" Heather Malcomson, Barbara Jasny, and Sherman Suter

"Preserved bodies frozen in ice present one aspect of human history that few people, other than a small number of specialists, ever glimpse. Deem has compiled a highly useful and readable book on that unusual aspect of prehistory. He pulls together detailed and well-illustrated accounts of the scientific investigation of such discoveries as the iceman Ötzi, the remains of frozen children in the Peruvian Andes, and the body of George Mallory on Mount Everest. In addition, he provides a clear discussion of glaciology and how prehistoric events can be preserved. The short book accurately portrays the process of science from discovery to investigation."

Science Books and Films (Vol. 45, No. 2)

"In Bodies from the Ice, author James Deem has compiled a highly useful and readable volume on a unique aspect of human history and prehistory.... In addition, the author provides a clear discussion of the science of glaciology (the study of glaciers) and how events in prehistory can be preserved. He concludes with a chapter on the scientific importance of the human past in relation to glaciers, and the ever-present threat of losing more of the world’s glaciers as climates continue to change. The book is small, but accurately portrays the process of science from discovery to investigation. A general audience would benefit from reading it, and it is appropriate as well for junior high and high school audiences. The book could also be used for classroom discussions pertaining to global environmental change, history, prehistory, and scientific inquiry."

Guide Book to Gift Books (BCCB, December 2009)

"This examination of human remains uncovered by shifting glaciers boasts Deem’s signature balance of delightful shivers and solid science, enhanced by informative and not-for-the-faint-hearted color photographs."


Reviews from Libraries and Universities

"One World, Many Stories: Great Reads for Grades 4-6," Hawaii State Public Library System, 2011 Summer Children's Reading Program:

"Examines the science of glaciers and looks at some of the discoveries of the past that have been made as the ice masses move and melt, including the remains of Ötzi, the oldest human mummy ever found in ice, believed to be at least 5,300 years old."

Takoma Park Maryland Library Blog, Best Kids Books of 2008:  

"...many kids will be interested in how global warming has uncovered treasures buried for centuries.Among the finds noted by author James Deem is a 5,300-year-old body discovered in the Austrian Alps."

Provo City Library Children's Book Review (Booklady):

"Now that the polar ice caps are melting, all sorts of interesting things are coming to the surface—like the dead bodies of all the people ever lost in those regions. According to the book Bodies from the Ice, this is a rather larger number than I would ever have imagined before reading this book. The oldest body recovered from the ice was a man who had died 5,300 years earlier. A lot of people can get lost in 5,000 years. This book gives the reader a good look at some of the most interesting discoveries that have been made over the years. The complete stories of how the bodies were discovered, how scientists figured out what century they lived, and how they died are drawn out in great detail. The full color photos of the mummified remains are thoroughly fascinating, but not for the squeamish. I was completely engrossed in this book and could not put it down. If you need a book sure to make any reluctant reader want to read it, this is the book for you."

Cooperative Children's Book Center (University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Education):

"Melting glaciers is a frequent topic in today’s headlines, and one that is explored on anthropological and environmental levels in James M. Deem’s fascinating work. Explaining the scientific aspects of glacier formation as well as geographic conditions, Deem discusses how glaciers operate like “a giant conveyor belt—essentially a moving river of ice.” With force and power, glaciers churn up, and turn up, mountain debris. This debris sometimes includes human remains that offer amazing insights into the past. From discoveries of an iceman in the Alps to ancient children of the Andes and the remains of native North Americans, Deem reveals how mysteries of human history are decoded from glacial meltings worldwide. Fascinating photographs complement the captivating narrative."

Center for Children's Books, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"While melting glaciers may be a sign of global warning, the disappearing ice has also led to quite a few exciting archeological discoveries. Deem’s nonfiction work examines the contributing factors and back stories for several such cases. His thoughtful and fact based prose avoids sensationalism but the book includes enough gruesome photos to keep even the most reluctant reader interested."

Utah Educational Library Media Association

"Glaciers all over the world, their creation, their impact and the mysterious remains found within them are all well-covered in a very short space. Every page has several color pictures. There is something for any grade level in here."

White Oak Middle School (Porter, Texas)

"Imagine you and your best friend hiking up the side of the snowy mountain. “Hey!” your best friend says, “I think I see something over there!” You look and see that yes, he is correct. There is something pink sticking up from the ice. What is that? You wonder. Imagine your horror as you come closer and see a finger poking up through the snow, no...it's a hand, now a whole arm....you try not to retch in disgust. That is how I felt reading this book, but I was also riveted to the details! You see, the whole book is about the thousands (yes thousands) of bodies that turn up on mountains where glaciers are melting. Some of those bodies are 5,000+ years old. Imagine finding something like that from history! With fantastic full-color photographs and mesmerizing facts, this book was one I couldn't put down. I read it all in one sitting 53 pages of it. I wouldn't be surprised to see this book win tons of awards. A must read! "

Librarypoint, Central Rappahannock Regional Library (Virginia)

"James M. Deem introduced young readers to Europeans found preserved in peat bogs in 'Bodies in the Bog,' and to Romans found preserved in Pompeii in 'Bodies from the Ash.' His newest book, 'Bodies from the Ice,' reveals how the melting of glaciers around the world has revealed hitherto undiscovered remains. The most famous of these is Oetzi, the 'Iceman' found in the Niederjoch Glacier between Austria and Italy in 1991. Erika and Helmut Simon came across his body, partly protruding from the ice, and assumed at first that it was the body of a fellow hiker. What they did not realize until scientists took a closer look was that the iceman was 5,300 years old. Deem is a master at hooking readers with a gruesome discovery and then leading them step by step as scientists patiently uncover the extraordinary details of the people they find. Oetzi’s belongings – a longbow, a wooden backpack, shoes made of bark, deerskin and hay – along with radiocarbon testing revealed that his was the oldest body ever found in the ice. Not until ten years later were scientists able to determine that an arrow wound caused his death. Kids fascinated by Ardi, Lucy and other discoveries illuminating the six-million-year history of human evolution will be eager to visit the new Hall of Human Origins in the Natural History Museum in Washington, opening next March."


Reviews from Websites and Bloggers

Abby (the) Librarian 

"In 1991 two tourists were hiking along the border between Austria and Italy when they saw something. They thought it might be trash left behind by a careless hiker, but upon closer examination they found it was a body. When archaeologists examined the body they discovered that it was 5,300 years old, the oldest frozen human mummy ever found.

"Bodies from the Ice travels all around the world examining human remains that have been found as glaciers slowly melt. Child mummies were discovered in the Andes, missing explorers were discovered in the Himalayas, and a Native American body was discovered in Canada. More and more artifacts and remains are popping up as the glaciers disappear.

"Bodies from the Ice also examines glaciers themselves and why they may be disappearing. Is it global warming or a natural warming trend? And is there anything we can do to slow their disappearance?

"The text is accompanied by tons of photos and illustrations (including some rather gruesome photos of various mummies). This is a great introduction to glaciers and will appeal to budding archaeologists. The subject matter is such that it will be appealing for browsers and it's well-researched and completely suitable for reports.... Hand this one to fans of Scientists in the Field...."

Bookslut (Colleen Mondor)

"Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James Deem is a combination of science and adventure that is hard to resist. Deem presents several reports here of bodies found in melting glaciers, from the famous, like mountaineer George Mallory, who might have been the first man to summit Mt. Everest, to the unbelievable, like two tourists who discovered the body of a man who lived 5,300 years ago. Deem shows these remarkable stories preserved in the ice and snow.Heavily illustrated with photographs and all kinds of neat forensic info, Bodies from the Ice combines a very cool and underreported subject with eye-catching illustrations. It’s also pretty neat how Deem drops matter-of-fact bits into the text, such as when he explains that initially authorities weren’t too excited about the Copper Age discovery of “Otzi” because they thought the tourists had found the body of long-missing music professor from 1938. Finding a body in a glacier is not such a startling thing for the locals -- although Otzi certainly rocked everyone’s world. 

"There is a side bar on Louis Agassiz, the “father of glaciology” and an interesting historic report on women which discusses the first woman to climb Mont Blanc, around 1808 (she was on her way home from work and agreed to join some mountaineers on an adventure -- can you imagine?). There are the mummified remains of children sacrificed in the Andes during the 17th century, and of course, a detailed report on Mallory and his still missing companion, climber Andrew Irvine. Deem provides several consistently compelling examples of science in action and will certainly inspire any reader intrigued by mountaineering. He also discusses glacier preservation and provides graphic photos showing how far glaciers have receded in recent years. This is an unassuming title that will be a big hit with certain readers and is an obvious choice for any child over ten with a forensic bent."

Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book 

"Some of the most amazing historically relevant discoveries of our time are highlighted in this beautiful and educational coffee-table-type picture book. Just as a special exhibit in any natural history museum can fill a couple hours with fascinating knowledge and displays meant to teach even the lowliest visitor something amazing from our past, this book too has the same impact.

"Utilizing remarkable photography, art works, other forms of detailed visual stimulation, and master storytelling, author James M. Deem weaves a spell over his readers with captivating stories, fascinating facts, and mesmerizing insights into occurrences as far back as the Copper Age. Bodies from the Ice explores some of archaeology’s greatest finds in the wake of melting glaciers around the world. As these glaciers slide over long periods of time, bodies that were buried in the ice up to 5300 years ago have been unexpectedly uncovered in amazingly great condition do to the preservative nature of the ice.

"Mountain ranges around the world house tremendous glaciers that have returned the bodies of many individuals whose lives were taken by the ice. As each new find is uncovered, amazing insights into the people and civilizations of varying distances in the past have come to light.

"However, as global warming continues to play a significant role in the melting of the world’s glaciers, we must act now to try and prevent the total annihilation of those giant ice sheets and the enormous impact they have on lives around the world."

The Reading Zone

"Perfect for that one child in your life who is fascinated by gross and/or morbid things. In 1991, mountain climbers on the Niederjoch Glacier on the Italian-Austrian border came across something gross: a body. It had been a very warm summer, and five bodies had already turned up in the area (sadly common on mountaintops). But something here was different. The materials found with the body suggested it might be very old, perhaps from the 1800s. But radiocarbon dating proved the iceman was 5,300 years older, from the Copper Age. He was named Ötzi and he is the oldest human mummy preserved in ice ever found. Deem takes the reader on a fascinating journey as you learn about the mummy and the scientists who studied him." 

Book Hog

"All around the world glaciers are beginning to melt. Under the melting ice their have been many gruesome discoveries. As frozen and preserved bodies are being revealed, scientists are studying them and learning valuable information about glaciers and ancient cultures. Great read for anyone who loves anthropology and forensics in grades 4-6."

OMS Book Blog (Mrs. Kochel)

"I am a big fan of James M. Deem's books, especially Bodies from the Ash about Pompeii, so I was excited to read this one. It covers all kinds of frozen bodies, from the famous European Ice Man to the child sacrifices of the Andes Mountains to George Mallory, who died scaling Mt. Everest. The book has beautiful photography throughout which makes it fun to browse through. There are several children's books about frozen mummies, but what sets this apart is the focus on melting glaciers and climate change. There's lots of science here, so I recommend it to teachers as well as to students."

A Patchwork of Books (Amanda L. Snow)

"Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past, written by James M. Deem is a fantastic piece of work for the older set of our kids. Great for plain, old entertainment reading or for reports on the melting of the glaciers, the text and the photographs are both stand-outs.

"In 1991 a couple hiking a mountain in Italy discovered a corpse (ummm.....hope this doesn't ever happen to me!) and after testing by the appropriate scientists, it was discovered the body was more than 5300 years old, dating back to the Copper Age. This story is followed by several others, all of accounts of ancient artifacts having been preserved by glaciers, now being discovered due to global warming.

"Before reading this, I had no idea so many bodies of ancient people had been discovered in melted ice. The photographs are amazing and really do justice to the stories of the lives the individuals may have led. A huge amount of information has been gained on different civilizations all around the world because of the discoveries, giving at least one positive aspect to the fact all our glaciers are melting!

"From Deem's book, the reader will have access to not only very cool photographs, but information about geography, ancient civilizations, and the process of learning about the bodies once preserved in ice. It's a very intriguing read, not at all boring or text-like, which will give appeal to those just wanting an entertaining book to read. Lots of maps, sidebars, an index, and extra info are included as well. I would definitely recommend Bodies from the Ice for library shelves...might as well get two copies, it's going to be a popular one!"

Willow Lane Reviews (Nycole)

"Fascinating! Global warming is leading to some incredible discoveries. Under all that frozen ice, which is melting all over the world, are remains of people who lived long ago. How long ago? One as far back as the Copper Age, more than 5,000 years! Others are from more recent times; a woman who died on a glacier in Switzerland around 1700; Inca children found in the Andes, probably religious sacrifices, during the 1600's; and, even more recently, the frozen body of George Mallory, who disappeared while climbing Mount Everest in 1924. None of these bodies would have been found if not for the melting glaciers. Bodies from the Ice gives details as to how the bodies were discovered and what scientists and archaeologists have learned about people and cultures of the past. Whether you're a archeology buff or not, you'll enjoy this book. It's full of color and black-and-white photos, none of which I found gruesome or too scary for children. I rate this a GREAT and strongly recommend it for everyone, particularly reluctant readers."

Six Boxes of Books (Wendy Burton)

"I would have read this once I heard the title, even if I hadn't decided to read all the Sibert books this year. This is exactly the kind of non-fiction I loved when I was a kid--lots of informative tidbits, connections made around the world, constant drama, a bit of gore. (I was big on paranormal accounts, survival stories, and amazing animals.) I enjoyed it a lot, but I'm not exactly sure what makes this one stand out from the pack. Maybe it's the way it balances along the ooky/tasteful line. I used to tutor struggling readers for a Learning System company, and Deem's earlier Bodies from the Bog never failed to captivate, even when we could only make it through one page each day. I'm sure this book will be equally popular with both boys and girls."

Lori Calabrese Writes 

"Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James M. Deem delves into glaciers, global warming, and yes, frozen bodies! This is a very unique book in that it takes a look at something you wouldn't normally think of when it comes to global warming--how many frozen bodies have been found in the melting ice.... As glaciers melt throughout the world, more frozen bodies are appearing, adding to our knowledge of culture and history. What's amazing about this book are the pictures. The pictures show you everything and give you an idea what it must be like for a hiker to discover a frozen corpse. The text is very informative and highlights types of glaciers, the mystery of George Mallory, who died trying to climb Mt. Everest and some recently discovered Incan children who were sacrificed to the gods. The topics covered are presented in an intriguing way that will capture young readers' attentions and teach them about our environment and history. This a wonderful read that will feed a young readers' hunger for glaciers and how people lived in the past."

Good Science Books for Kids (8-11)

"Bodies from the Ice has been listed as an Honour book in the American Library Association’s Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal award for 2009. Following on from earlier titles, Bodies from the Ash and Bodies from the Bog, this title discusses bodies which have been found in mountainous regions around the world. In addition to well-known discoveries such as Ötzi the iceman from The Alps and the body of missing English climber George Mallory on Everest, the book also discusses the Inca mummies found in Peru, unidentified European climbers and a native American Indian body found in Canada. This volume is not only about archaeology, however, but also about glaciers and mountains. It is very well-designed and contains many illustrations including photographs, historical documents and maps."


Reviews from Bookstores

Politics and Prose, Washington, DC

"As our planet’s glaciers melt, treasures that have been buried for ages are revealed and scientists can study Bodies From The Ic(Houghton Mifflin, $17). James Deem (Bodies From the Ash) begins his well-researched study with Ötzi, a 5,300-year-old body discovered in the Austrian Alps. The riveting story includes excellent photographs and sidebars. In addition to accounts of many other human finds, the book includes a wealth of glaciological information and a discussion of the environmental impact of glacial melting. Ages 8-12."