Mummification

By Kyle Cunningham

Definition

    to make (a dead body) into a mummy, as by embalming and drying. to make (something) resemble a mummy.

History behind mummification

The earliest ancient Egyptians buried their dead in small pits in the desert. The heat and dryness of the sand dehaydrated the bodies quickly, creating lifelike and natural 'mummies'.Later, the ancient Egyptians began burying their dead in coffins to protect them from wild animals in the desert. However, they realised that bodies placed in coffins decayed when they were not exposed to the hot, dry sand of the desert.

Over many centuries, the ancient Egyptians developed a method of preserving bodies so they would remain lifelike. The process included embedding the bodies and wrapping them in strips of linen. Today we call this process mummification.

Some interesting facts about mummification

Mummification is one of the defining customs in ancient Egyptian society for people today. The practice of preserving the human body is believed to be a quintessential feature of Egyptian life. Yet even mummification has a history of development and was accessible to different ranks of society in different ways during different periods. There were at least three different processes of mummification according to Herodotus. They range from "the most perfect" to the method employed by the "poorer classes".