A look at the process of mummification in ancient egypt

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Any shorter time and the body is not completely dehydrated; any longer, and the body is too stiff to move into position for wrapping.

Embalming was carried out by specialized groups, organized according to gender, who were considered unclean by the rest of the community. The funeral was a public affair at which, if one could afford them, women were hired as professional mourners.

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Many areas in which mummies have been uncovered are difficult for preservation, due to their warm, moist climates. The dried organs were wrapped in linen and placed in canopic jars. Discoveries of mummified remains have also been located in New Zealand , and the Torres Strait , [90] though these mummies have been historically harder to examine and classify. Roman Period. The bandaged body was placed in a shroud a large sheet of cloth which was secured with linen strips. To this day, only the head of Tollund Man remains, due to the decomposition of the rest of his body, which was not preserved along with the head. However, the process was an expensive one, beyond the means of many. In order to prevent a body from decomposing it is necessary to deprive the tissues of moisture and oxygen. Next the wrapping began. It was during this time that researchers determined the mine suffered a major collapse, which likely caused the death of the miners. Australia The aboriginal mummification traditions found in Australia are thought be related to those found in the Torres Strait islands, [92] the inhabitants of which achieved a high level of sophisticated mummification techniques See: Torres Strait.

Richer people placed these wooden cases in stone sarcophagi that provided further protection. The removal of the organs and brain was all about drying out the body.

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Members of the nobility and officials also often received the same treatment, and occasionally, common people. There were at least three different processes of mummification according to Herodotus.

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The tomb of Tjay designated TT23is one of only two known which show the wrapping of a mummy Riggs This was performed, perhaps, in commemoration of the god's loss of his own genitals or as a mystical ceremony.

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