What Items or Tools Were Used to Mummify People in Ancient Egypt?

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The items or tools used to mummify people in Ancient Egypt were hooks, linens, salt, resin and a coffin. Mummification was a long process reserved only for those in the upper level of society.

Preparing the Body

Before the mummification process could begin, the body had to be fully prepared. The brain was pulled out of the head using a hook, and then the internal organs were cut out of the rest of the body. Organs such as the lungs, liver, stomach and intestines were dried and placed in jars to be buried with the body. If the heart was removed, it was returned to the body, so it could travel with the spirit to the next world. The inside of the body was cleansed with wine and spices, covered with salt and resin and left for 40 days.

Stuffing the Body

After 40 days, the skin was leather-like. The body was stuffed with linen or sand to give it a human shape, and it sat for an additional 30 days.

Wrapping the Body

After a total of 70 days, the body was wrapped with linen bandages, starting with the fingers and toes. Sometimes gold and jewels were wrapped with the body so the person could take it to the afterlife. Once this process was complete, the body was placed in a coffin for burial.

Pharaohs were placed in elaborate tombs, along with many of their possessions and even some of their slaves.