A Step by Step guide to Egyptian Mummification
This is a brief guide to Ancient Egyptian Mummification.
Mummification is the process of preserving a dead body. A mummy is the preserved body of a dead person.
Ancient Egyptians wanted to preserve the body for all eternity and believed that an afterlife could only exist if there was a form the ka (soul) could repossess after death. This is why they spent so long on the process of mummification and why Pharoahs began the building of their tombs during their lifetimes.
The resource breaks down the steps of the mummification process.
You can also visit our Egyptology: Scientific Investigation website
History: Unit 10 - What can we learn from the ancient Egyptians from what has survived?
History: Unit 6 - What did the ancient Egyptians believe about life after death ?
Harrogate Museums and Arts has a collection of Egyptian objects. We also run hands on mummification and object handling sessions.
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Map link: this Mummy case was found in Thebes, in Egypt»