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Mummies in Ancient Egypt and the Process of Mummification
Ancient Egypt had a successful society that lasted over 3, years. They mummified people as well as animals and archeologists have found entire burial chambers just devoted to the burial of mummified cats. While other animals were found, cats were the favorite and most loved pet of the ancient Egyptians. The process involved to create a mummy properly can take up to 70 days. It is not only a physical procedure but the ancient Egyptians also involved their religious beliefs in the right way to create a mummy. There were various steps to mummification:.
Abigail Hentschke , Published August 15, Or maybe you thought of mummies. Read on to see what else you may not have known about ancient Egyptian mummies. According to the writings of a Greek traveler from 60—57 BC, it cost one talent of silver , about 30 kilograms 66 lb , for the most expensive mummification. Mummies were used as medicine from AD into the 19th century. The concept was based on the use of natural bitumen, which Europeans believed Egyptians were mummified with. This was entirely useless as medication, as ancient Egyptians used resin, which does mimic bitumen but has no health benefits.
A mummy is a deceased human or an animal whose skin and organs have been preserved by either intentional or accidental exposure to chemicals , extreme cold, very low humidity , or lack of air, so that the recovered body does not decay further if kept in cool and dry conditions. Some authorities restrict the use of the term to bodies deliberately embalmed with chemicals, but the use of the word to cover accidentally desiccated bodies goes back to at least AD see the section Etymology and meaning. Mummies of humans and animals have been found on every continent,  both as a result of natural preservation through unusual conditions, and as cultural artifacts. Over one million animal mummies have been found in Egypt, many of which are cats. In addition to the well-known mummies of ancient Egypt , deliberate mummification was a feature of several ancient cultures in areas of America and Asia with very dry climates.