The methods of embalming, or treating the dead body, that the ancient Egyptians used is called mummification.
Using special processes, the Egyptians removed all moisture from the body, leaving only a dried form that would not easily decay.
Does mummification still happen?
While it is not believed that any modern peoples are still using the full mummification process to protect the bodies of those they have lost, embalming is still a widely-used practice at funeral homes.
Why is mummification important today?
Explain why it was important for the ancient Egyptians to preserve the bodies of people and animals. The ancient Egyptians mummified their dead because they believed that the physical body would be important in the next life. Thus, preserving the body in as lifelike a way as possible was the goal of mummification.
Why did the Egyptians leave the heart in the body?
The liver, lungs, stomach and intestines are washed and packed in natron which will dry them out. The heart is not taken out of the body because it is the centre of intelligence and feeling and the man will need it in the afterlife. A long hook is used to smash the brain and pull it out through the nose.
How long does mummification last?