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Mummification in Egypt: Ritual and the Afterlife

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Social Studies +1 Age Level Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

In this student activity, learn the process and religious significance of Ancient Egyptian mummification through analysis of objects associated with tombs and funerary rituals. 

Big ideas: Why and how did the Ancient Egyptians practice mummification? How does their religion effect their material culture?

Includes artifacts, multiple choice and discussion questions, and opportunities to learn more through a reading-level appropriate article and a webcast. Encourages cross-cultural comparison of Afterlife concepts. Resources for learning more about the subject, through videos and articles, are located at the end of this collection.

Keywords: mummies, mummy, archaeology

Small Shabtis

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Canopic Jar Lid

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Canopic Jar & Lid, Alabaster

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Alabaster Canopic Jar In Two Parts

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Sacks Of Natron

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Scarab

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Amulet: "Heart"

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Necklace

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Red Earthenware Dish

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Ushabti

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Face from a coffin

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Outer Coffin & Lid Of Tentkhonsu

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Inner Coffin & Lid Of Tentkhonsu

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Mummy Of Cat

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Limestone Tablet, Stela

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.