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Mummifying a fish

We enjoyed putting our learning into a real - life context by mummifying a fish! 

1. We first washed the sardine to remove blood and scales. 

2. Next, we created an incision on one side of the fish to scoop out the organs, but we left the heart intact because the Egyptians weighed it against the feather of truth to determine whether the soul would go through the Gates of Yaru!

3. Carefully, we chopped the head because in Ancient Egypt, the brain wasn't considered important for the after-life. Did you know that a hook was used to liquefy the brain before it was drained out? 

4. We gently rinsed the fish to clean it thoroughly. 

5. After drying the fish carefully, we submerged it in a bowl of natron (salt) to dry it out. 

6. Penultimately, we wrapped the fish in bandages, then left it to dry for 3 days. 

7. Finally, we painted hieroglyphics on it to make sure that it travels safely to the after-life. 

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