Ancient Egyptian mummification was never intended to preserve bodies, new exhibit reveals

It’s long been believed that ancient Egyptians used mummification as a way to preserve a body after death. However, an upcoming museum exhibition indicates that was never the case, and instead the elaborate burial technique was actually a way to guide the deceased toward divinity.

Researchers from the University of Manchester’s Manchester Museum (opens in new tab) in England are highlighting the common misconception as part of preparations for an exhibition called “Golden Mummies of Egypt” that opens early next year. This new understanding about mummification’s intended purpose essentially upends much of what is taught to students about mummies.

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