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NEWS: 2,400-year-old theories on how Egyptians created mummies are incorrect, say researchers

Ancient rites: In the fifth century, Herodotus describes first and second class levels of embalming. The elite, he said, got a slit through the belly, through which organs were removed (Source: Daily Mail).

Ancient rites: In the fifth century, Herodotus describes first and second class levels of embalming. The elite, he said, got a slit through the belly, through which organs were removed (Source: Daily Mail).

“New evidence has shown ancient Egyptian embalmers did not always leave the heart in place or remove the guts using cedar oil enemas, as has been believed for thousands of years.

The new research findings, published in the February issue of HOMO – Journal of Comparative Human Biology, came from analysing 150 mummies from the ancient world.

Only 25 per cent had their hearts left in place. The removal of the heart seems to coincide with the transition period when the middle class gained access to mummification, so getting to keep the heart may have become a status symbol after that point” – via The Daily Mail.

Read more here.

More fascinating insights into an aspect of ancient Egyptian beliefs and practices that many people find absolutely enthralling!

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