Mummification was mainly done to wealthy people as poorer people could not afford the process.
The chief embalmer was a priest wearing a mask of Anubis. Anubis was the jackal headed god of the dead. He was closely associated with mummification and embalming, hence why priests wore a mask of Anubis.
This is the step-by-step process* of how mummification took place:
If the person had been a Pharaoh, he would be placed inside his special burial chamber with lots of treasure!
*To see a more detailed explanation of the mummification process, see another My Learning resource: Make me a mummy! Embalming tips
To learn about an Egyptian tale of how mummification started, see Osiris and Isis: The Origin of Mummification
Also look on the British Museum's Ancient Egypt website (see Related Links at the bottom of the page) for an illustrated guide to the mummification process.
At Harrogate Museums and Arts we run a hands on mummification session on our mummy doll.
Please contact Harrogate Museums and Arts for more information or to book a session.