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Mummy (from the Ptolemaic Period) About 250BC from Akhumin. Wrapping was an important part of the mummification process. It preserved the integrity of the corpse and with the mask and decoration gave the external appearance of a transfigured being. Linen was usually used from old garments or sheets, usually torn into strips (sometimes complete garments were used). Kings would have fine materials. The head and limbs were wrapped first and many layers applied, kept in place by resin and sometimes mud. Important people had amulets placed in specific locations with religious significance. Picture taken at the British Museum January 2007.

28th Jan 2007 by Diane Earl

Biology, History, Religious Education, Science

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