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WATCH: This is how mummies were made in Ancient Egypt

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The secret was not exactly in the wrapping.

If you have had the chance to visit one of the great historical or cultural museums of the world (the Cairo Museum, the British Museum or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, just to name three), chances are you’ve seen an authentic Egyptian mummy, perfectly preserved and resting in peace in its colorful sarcophagus. And, if you have been curious enough, you might have spent some time reading the descriptions written by historians or curators accompanying the displayed archaeological treasure.

But if you haven’t, don’t worry: here’s a video, from the Getty Museum’s YouTube channel, that will teach you everything you need to know about the ancient art of mummification, as practiced in Ancient Egypt. And if you want a second opinion, feel free to check out this clip from the History Channel’s website.

 

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