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Why were there mummies in ancient Egypt?

By |2018-09-09T19:54:50-07:00June 19th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|

Egyptian mummies were buried in coffins. This mummy is from the New Kingdom (Vatican Museum, Rome). Natural mummies in Egypt Because Egypt is a very dry place, where it hardly ever rains, the ground there is also very very dry. When you bury people in such dry ground, they often don't rot. There [...]

Who was the Egyptian god Horus? – Gods of Ancient Egypt

By |2018-06-10T23:26:34-07:00June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|

Good luck charm of the eye of the god Horus (Old Kingdom, ca. 2000 BC) Horus was the son of Re Horus was an Egyptian god, originally from Upper Egypt (Southern Egypt). In the Old Kingdom, people thought of Horus as having the head of a falcon, and his name means "falcon" in [...]

What are canopic jars? Ancient Egypt

By |2019-02-27T06:15:20-07:00June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|

Canopic Jars from Egypt(Vatican Museum, Rome) When people died in ancient Egypt, if they were rich enough, they paid to have their body made into a mummy. Mummification preserved your body for the afterlife. What is a mummy? Egypt: death and afterlife More Egyptian religion All our Ancient Egypt articles Cleaning out your guts [...]

What would you take to the afterlife? – Ancient Egypt project

By |2019-01-18T07:43:01-07:00June 9th, 2017|Crafts, Egypt|

Tomb of Niankh-Khnum and Khnum-Hotep Old Kingdom Egypt Ancient Egypt afterlife project This is a project you can do inside the classroom, or on a rainy day. Time needed: about one hour. What was the Egyptian afterlife like? The Egyptians believed that after you died you went to another place where you lived [...]