The Chemistry of Mummification
These days, when we think of the preservation of bodies, we think of cryogenics, but as we all know, the Ancient Egyptians were as fascinated with life after death as we are. Click on the infographic below to find out more about the chemistry of mummification.
It takes about 70 days to completely mummify a dead body and in Ancient Egypt there were no restrictions on who could be mummified, as long as you could pay! The Egyptians believed that when they died they would make a journey to another world where they would lead a new life. They would need all the things they had used when they were alive so their family would put those things in their grave. Egyptians paid vast amounts of money to have their bodies properly preserved.
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