Burial Practices

Dylan Hicks and Amber Tewksbury


  • The Egyptians thought that they should enjoy life after death. In preparation for death Egyptians buried things beloved to them, like pets, valuables, and even servants.

    • In fact the servants often drank poison so that they could live in the afterlife.

    •Pharaohs and the rich made tombs with statues to represent good servants that have done well to the pharaoh and his family.

    • Also in the tombs pharaohs put food and clothing so that in the afterlife they will be comfortable.

Preserving the Body

· The first step in preserving the body was to remove all of the body’s inner organs except the heart.

· They place the organs in a limestone container called the canopic jar.

· Then they remove the brains through the nostrils.

· They put the body in a box with a special kind of salt the top to dry the body out.

· After 40 days they wrap them in several hundreds yards of fabric.

· Last they sometimes spread a black gooey substance called momia. That's where the name mummy came from.

The Rest of the Kingdom

  • Most poor people were wrapped in poor clothing and buried.
  • People who could afford it had ceremonies and were buried in a wooden box.
  • Wealthier people were buried in tombs and had ceremonies.
  • More of the population were in the lower class and were buried.


Ikram, Salima. "Egypt, Ancient." World Book Student. World Book, 2013. Web. 22 Oct. 2013.