Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Mummification Experiment

Foods can be preserved by various means, such as salting, drying, acids, freezing etc. We do this so they last longer (because they aren't being eaten by bacteria and fungi and rotting away). The ancient Egyptians also preserved foods in some of these ways, but they also preserved the corpses (dead bodies) of people, particularly the bodies of Pharaohs and their family members. These preserved bodies are called mummies and the gruesome process of preservation is called mummification.

In class we learnt all about the process and gained an understanding of why the Egyptians did it. We also experimented on mummifying an apple slice. We used salt and baking soda to remove all the moisture from it. We also recorded the mass before and after to compare. Here are some photos from the process and our results...

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