Embalming in Egypt

  • Aidan Dodson
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4425-0_8562
Embalming is the artificial preservation of the body. In Egypt, the first examples date to Late Predynastic times (late fourth millennium BCE), when the tight wrapping of the corpse is first found at the site of Heirakonpolis. Prior to this, bodies were simply laid in graves in the desert, where in some cases the hot and dry conditions promoted the natural desiccation of the body, producing a wholly natural ‘mummy’ (Fig. 1).
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