What does archeological evidence from Tutankhamun's tomb reveal about death and burial in New Kingdom Egypt?
Ancient Egyptian's believed that when a Pharaoh died they would journey on into another life, the'After Life' and they would take their possessions from this life into the next. Preparations for the after life included the mummification process which took 70 days and consisted of wrapping the body In linen to preserve it for the after life, A funeral procession, paintings from inside Tutankhamun's tomb showed it was much like a funeral from modern times except the mourners wore white clothes instead of black, and the construction of a great tomb in which the body would be buried.
Mummification was a long process, it took roughly 70 days. This time was hectic with planning and organizing to the slightest perfection, including that all ritual objects required for a burial were made and finished, family possessions were often collected to place in the tomb for after life use.
The Pharaoh's body was passed to the embalmers workshops also called'House of Vigour'.
The process of mummification included:
Brain removal through nostrils using small hooks.
Viscera (internal organs) were removed through an incision on the side of the torso.
Organs were placed in jars for preservation, with lids sculpted in the Pharaoh's image. The jars were then put in golden coffins in a canopic shrine in the treasury of the tomb.
The body is then covered in natron for 70days to suck up all moisture and dry out the body.
Body dried and rested on a bed with legs in the shape of animals.
The last stage was bandaging, this was the most complicated job because it consists of 143 objects being placed between 2 bandages while prayers were recited. The objects included:
# Rings # Amulets #Pendants
# Bracelets # Daggers
The fingers, toe…