Teachers' notes

This is a step by step 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.

Curriculum Links:

KS2 History: Ancient Egypt

You can also visit our Egyptology: Scientific Investigation website.


Harrogate Museums and Arts has a collection of Egyptian objects. We also run hands on education sessions for schools.  Please see the website for more information and to organise a visit.

Head of richly decorated Egyptian mummy case
Scribes's palette
Pottery jar painted with a scene showing a mummy in a boat