29 August 2018 Edan Caramancion   | News | Year 07  
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In groups of 4, students from classes 7HA, 7HC and 7HH, presented and performed the mummification process in front of their peers. Each group had 1 narrator who explained the steps of mummification, 2 embalmers who performed the process and a body of a ‘deceased’ person. Each group needed to organise and bring: ‘internal organs’, Canopic jars, a hook, and scrolls from the Book of the Dead. All students illustrated a good understanding of the mummification process and were able to present an historically accurate representation of ancient Egyptian burial practices. Below, is an article written by 3 students about this activity. The mummification process is based on Greek historian, Herodotus’ account. 

The Mummification Process -Written By Aarav, Shaasi & Jaden, 7HA

Three year 7 classes did a unique and exciting mummification task, where they mummified their peer’s body. All classes had fun doing the mummification process and put in lot of effort.

This was the process of mummification:

  1. Firstly, the brain was removed and this was done when a long hook was placed up the nose to draw out the brain.
  2. The rest of the organs were removed with an incision across the stomach. All the internal organs were put into Canopic jars. The heart remained inside the body for the “weighing of the heart” ceremony.
  3. The body was then filled with palm wine and spices and was covered by a mineral called natron for 70 days.
  4. The body was washed and wrapped in linen bandages and smeared with gum.
  5. The embalmers followed a ritual which involved the reading of the book of the dead.
  6. Finally, 7 huge pieces of linen were wrapped around the body because the ancient Egyptians believed that 7 was a magical number.

The body was prepared for the afterlife.