AT HOME IN HER TOMB: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui by Christine Liu-Perkins. Great adventures awaited the workers who uncovered the tomb of an ancient Chinese noblewoman named Lady Dai. In addition to finding treasures they uncovered a huge black coffin. Inside that coffin there was another one. They didn’t find the occupant until they reached the fourth coffin.
To their surprise, a stench greeted them when they cut a hole in the silk cloth that surrounded the body.
SAMPLE: “The experts were baffled. If the body had decomposed more than two thousand years ago, how could it still smell so disgusting?”
Join the scientists on their journey to uncover the contents of Lady Dai’s tomb. What was her last meal? What artifacts accompanied her on her final journey?
Readers can visit the web site of the Hunan Provincial Museum, the home of these archaeological treasures.
Teachers can find a guide to use with their students.
This is a useful book for classroom projects on China.