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Feature Article ...


It was startling. More than 5,000 years ago, after burying their dead, the ancient Egyptians learned that the burning desert sands desiccated corpses.

Instead of turning to dust, the skin shriveled up and clung to the bones.
Mummification—the practice of dressing for success, eternal success—had begun.
And since they didn’t want to spend eternity looking rotten, those who could afford to have their bodies painstakingly embalmed.
Embalming, as practiced in ancient Egypt, was a lost art, until Bob Brier decided to learn by doing. He and a team of experts retraced the steps of the Egyptian masters.

Wielding a tool much like a crochet hook, the ancient embalmers emptied the skull by pulling clumps of brain matter out through the nostrils.

Delicate and skilled, they caused no damage to the visage of their dearly departed. Slicing the smallest possible incision into the abdomen, embalmers plucked out the stomach, liver, intestines, and other organs.
Beautifully sculpted canopic jars stored the cured entrails for all eternity.
Natron, a type of salt, was the embalmers’ secret weapon. It coaxed moisture from the flesh and reduced odors. Small packets were stuffed inside the abdominal cavity. The body was covered with some 400 pounds of it.

Thirty-five days after recreating the ancient embalmer’s art, Dr. Brier returned—fingers crossed. He saw . . . a mummy. Slowly, gently, Dr. Brier and his team removed the natron. They anointed the body, by now dehydrated, with frankincense and myrrh.

Then the wrapping started—layer after layer of linen, decorated with hieroglyphic prayers. A small amulet was placed over the only organ left inside, the heart.

With a final benediction, the mummy embarked on its journey to the afterworld and eternal life.




Around the Red Sea and surrounding areas
A Hidden Tomb Is Uncovered in Egypt
One of the best-kept mummies ever found, from about 500 BC, was discovered with two others, archeologists say.
From Associated Press
SAQQARA, Egypt — Archeologists reported the discovery of three coffins and a remarkably well-preserved mummy Wednesday in a 2,500-year-old tomb discovered by accident behind a statue in a separate burial chamber.
An Australian team was exploring a much older tomb — dating back 4,200 years — belonging to a man believed to have been a tutor to the 6th Dynasty King Pepi II, when they moved a pair of statues and discovered a secret door, said Zahi Hawass, Egypt's top antiquities official.
Inside, they found a tomb from the 26th Dynasty with three intricate coffins, each with a mummy.
"Inside one coffin was maybe one of the best mummies ever preserved," Hawass told reporters at the excavation site in the cemetery of Saqqara, about 15 miles south of Cairo.
"The chest of the mummy is covered with beads. Most of the mummies of this period — about 500 BC — the beads are completely gone, but this mummy has them all," he said, standing over one of the mummies that was swathed in turquoise blue beads and bound in strips of black linen.
The identities of the mummies have not been determined, but the tomb is thought to be that of a middle-class official.
The door was hidden behind 4,200-year-old statues of a man believed to have been Meri, the tutor of Pepi II, and Meri's wife, whose name was not revealed.
According to tradition, Pepi II — the last ruler of the 6th Dynasty — ruled from 2278 to 2184 BC, one of the longest reigns in ancient Egyptian history.
Naguib Kanawati, the head of the Australian team from Sydney's Macquarie University, said the site had fallen into neglect after Pepi II's rule, until it was used again as a cemetery 2,600 years later.














What's on ... United States

"King Tut" Treasure Returning to U.S.

For the first time in 26 years, the ancient tomb treasures of King Tutankhamun will tour U.S. museums, beginning in June 2005.
Boasting more than 130 artifacts from Egyptian tombs, the exhibition will travel to Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

June 16, 2005 - November 15, 2005

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-857-6000 (general information)
323-857-0098 (TDD)

Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale,
FL 33301
Tel: (954) 525-5500

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605-2496
(312) 922-9410
The Frankliin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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6. For example, start your water clock again. Use the five-minute marks to time how long it takes you to do your homework, practice playing an instrument, or setting the table.
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