21 February 2013
We've been doing various projects on Ancient Egypt and a favourite topic is mummies. Inspired by a post on Kids Activities Blog, Mummification: Let’s Mummify Barbie!, we decided to make an Action Man Mummy.
We collected the things we would need to mummify Action Man (and his cat) then started the mummification process.
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First Sunnyboy removed the organs, leaving the heart, and put them into canopic jars. Then he removed Action Man's brain (by inserting a long hook through his nose) and discarded it. He used salt to dry out the body and oils to anoint it.
After the preparations were complete he wrapped the body with linens. Finally he put the death mask on Action Man Mummy and put it in the sarcophagus along with the mummified cat, canopic jars, the Book of the Dead and clothes, food, money and jewels for the afterlife.
We also visited the Ancient Egypt galleries at our local museum and looked at real sarcophagi, canopic jars and a mummified cat.
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