Teacher’s Questions for Mummy Share their Secrets


Before reading:

  1. Have you ever seen a mummy? Describe what one looks like.
  2. Explain the difference between a mummy and a skeleton

During reading:

  1. Name two cultures that mummified their dead. Name one culture that mummifies their dead still today.
  2. Describe the kinds of environments that can preserve, or mummify, a body naturally.
  3. Describe some of the things that Ron Beckett saw inside the mummy Moimango while using an endoscope.
  4. How does a CT scanner “see” inside a mummy or its coffin?
  5. What kind of disease did scientists find evidence of in some of the Egyptian mummies placed in a CT scanner? Why did this finding surprise scientists?
  6. What was Ötzi’s last meal? Describe how scientists figured this out

After reading:

1. How do you think scientists studied ancient mummies before technologies such as CT scans and endoscopes were available?


  1. Are ancient mummies valuable to humans today? Explain your answer.