Teachers' Notes

Resource created by Harrogate Borough Council Museums and Gallery.  You can also visit their Egyptology: Scientific Investigation website.

This is a step by step guide to Ancient Egyptian Mummification. Mummification is the process of preserving a dead body. A mummy is the preserved body of a dead person.


Ancient Egyptians wanted to preserve the body for all eternity and believed that an afterlife could only exist if there was a form the ka (soul) could repossess after death. This is why they spent so long on the process of mummification and why Pharoahs began the building of their tombs during their lifetimes.


The resource breaks down the steps of the mummification process.

Curriculum Links

  • KS2 History: Ancient Egypt