A Step by Step guide to Egyptian Mummification

Teachers' notes

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.


Why not follow up with a day visit to the Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate to handle Ancient Egyptian objects, see our exhibition and have a go at mummification with our mummy doll?


You can also visit our Egyptology: Scientific Investigation website

Curriculum Links:

KS1/KS2 History:

  • 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.

Please get in touch for more information and to organise a visit.

Map link: this Mummy case was found in Thebes, in Egypt»

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