TITLE

Why did ancient Egyptians mummify their dead?

AUTHOR(S)
Patridge, Bob
PUB. DATE
December 2009
SOURCE
Ancient Egypt Magazine;Dec2009/Jan2010, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p31
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author discusses the possible reasons why ancient Egyptians preserve their dead and there must have some logical and practical reason why they did it in Egypt. He cites the country's Predynastic and Prehistoric periods wherein burials were done in shallow graves in the desert or sand and the preservation took place wherein the desiccation process occured. He mentions that it is generally assumed that mummification became important due to the introduction of larger tombs, which means that bodies are not anymore in contact with the hot desert sand, for it were put in larger pits or burial chambers. He states that the probable reason for introducing the technique of mummification is for the purpose of sanitation instead of preservation as many have argued.
ACCESSION #
45628849

 

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