Mummification in Ancient Egypt

Dr Joann Fletcher explains how the ancient Egyptians preserved their dead and why mummies were buried in precious jewellery.

Dr Joann Fletcher visits an Italian museum in Turin to examine the process of mummification. She outlines some of the important stages, including the removal of the brain and organs and the use of canopic jars, and explains why the heart was left inside the body. Joann also looks at the significance of the amulets and jewellery that were placed on the mummies before they were buried.

Teacher Notes

The class could prepare questions they would ask to an ancient Egyptian about the mummification process. This could be followed by a hot seating exercise, with pupils taking it in turns to play to role of the Egyptian.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching History at KS2/Second level (Scotland).