New explanations about the embalming process in Egypt

New explanations about the embalming process in Egypt

New research has suggested that ancient egyptians during the mummification process they did not remove the entrails of the dead with enemas of cedar oil.


Andrew Wade, a co-author of the study and an anthropologist at the University of Western Ontario, has said that the study contradicts the results Herodotus obtained, and that he published in the second volume of The nine books of history, who got see what the Egyptian mummification process was like and I come to describe various forms of embalming.

According to Herodotus the elites have a cut in the belly, through which the organs were manipulated and on the contrary the lower class has the organs eaten away with an enema of cedar oil similar to turpentine. He also said that the hearts were still in their place of origin and that the brains had been manipulated during the embalming process.

Wade and his partner Andrew Nelson have investigated the writings and performed 3D scans and reconstructions on seven mummies to be able to see what really happened. The team found that in both rich and poor it was usually done through a transabdominal slot, although to remove the viscera in elites it was sometimes done through an opening through the anus.

They also realized that there were not many signs of the use of cedar oil and that only a quarter of the mummies still had their hearts in place. Likewise, about a fifth of the brains did not move from the skull of their mummies.

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