Saturday, January 18, 2014

Egyptian Mummies and Mummification

Student interest was high this week as they learned about the procedures for Egyptian mummification, and decorated their own royal mummy case. They discovered that preservation of a body in Egypt required the soft organs be removed and stored in canopic jars in natron. Natron is basically baking soda and salt, which occurred naturally in some areas of Egypt along the banks of the Nile. It was also the preservative used to dry out the whole body so that it would be recognized for the afterlife.
Students also learned that the Egyptians did not record the process of mummification, but that the Greek historian, Herodotus, recorded what he saw about it on a visit to Egypt. Anyway, they had a fun time learning about the process and enjoyed making their own mummy cases.
This next week the children will put together a timeline of ancient Egypt, and after the timeline will examine for a brief time the Nubians, Egypt’s neighbors to the south. It’s amazing how quickly we are coming to an end of our study of the Egyptians.
Below are pictures of the cartouches kids completed last week, and students working on their mummy cases.

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