Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past
by James M. Deem;

Price at time of review: $17.00
64 pp.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Boston, MA
2008
ISBN: 061880045X


Grade Level: 5-12

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
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Gripping stories of anthropological investigations are accompanied by highly informative expedition photographs of human remains discovered in glaciers around the world in this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2009. The scenes include digs in areas such as the Alps of Europe and the Andes of Peru. There, preserved bodies give us a glimpse into our human prehistory as well as of the climate and inhabitants of Earth’s past.

This unique book can complement several subject areas, from its clear description of glaciation to the forensic methods used to determine the diet and range of these prehistoric peoples; there are even tips on the environmental implications of the finds. Clear photos of artifacts could provide interdisciplinary links to art and culture. The great photos make the content accessible to students who are even younger than the intended secondary audience. There are also websites for further research, a list of glaciers to explore and visit, and a bibliography.



Review posted on 1/9/2009


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