In this museum led session students will be introduced to the process of mummification, an integral aspect of ancient Egyptian culture. Through an interactive approach, which involves working on a life size dummy mummy, students will learn details of how the body was preserved and will come to appreciate the cultural meanings of the preservation process.
Mummification involved a high-level of knowledge and skill; in reality the process took approximately 70 days. From an early date the Egyptians had identified bodily liquids as a source of decay, but the body was needed to house the ka (spirit) in the afterlife. Mummification was also a religious ceremony. The chief embalmer was a priest donning a mask of Anubis, the jackal headed god of the dead.
During the session pupils, working alongside an expert from the Museum, will be taken through the various stages of the embalming process including; washing the body, removing organs, stuffing the body, replacing eyes with artificial ones and carefully placing amulets between layers of bandages. Throughout the process, to protect the body and spirit, magical spells from the book of the dead are read aloud. The mummy will then be ready to be placed in its coffin/s for the burial ceremony.
In the session pupils are encouraged to develop and communicate their knowledge and understanding through speaking, listening, and reading activities and the activity may well offer inspiration for writing activities.
To help your pupils gain the most from their session and ensure safe handling of the collections, it is essential that you have a ratio of at least 1 adult helper to 8 pupils.
Please arrive on time for your show or we may not be able to run it for you. Please share these notes with your adult helpers before your visit. This will help them to support your pupils have a successful and enjoyable day.
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