New Revelation: Egypt's Mummies Weren't Made to Preserve the Dead

An intriguing revelation about ancient Egypt's mummification process has come courtesy of the new Golden Mummies exhibit opening in February at the Manchester Museum. Researchers at the museum point out that the real reason bodies were mummified in an elaborate burial ritual was to prepare and ensure the spirit's existence in the next realm, not to preserve the lifeless body. The misunderstanding began with Victorian researchers, who assumed that mummification was similar to how they preserved fish in the 1900s through salt.

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