Ginger the Oldest known mummy

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 24th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I have always been interested in Egyptology. My dream is to one day visit Egypt. I would love to see the pyramids. I don't know if I would actually go inside one of them as I hear they are off limits for tourists, but I still would love to see them.

The process of Mumificaton

The process of mummification is very interesting. We all know about the ancient Egyptians and how they preserved the bodies of the pharaohs and their court and laid them to rest in the tombs and pyramids. The process of mummification is a man made preservation, but there is also natural mummification process as well. Certain conditions in the environment will preserve corpses that may still have part of their organs and their skin in tack.

Manmade body preservation

I previously wrote about about bodies being preserved in the acidic conditions of wetlands called bogs in an article called Bog Bodies: Nature's Mummification Process. I wrote the article for I should be including it here on Wikinut as I will include it in this series.

However, today we will concentrate mainly on man made mummification hence, the Egyptian mummification process. We will also look at the spirituality of the ancient Egyptians which was vital to their civilization and in turn was vital to their sense of good health.

The remains of Ginger the mummy

Earliest Egyptian Mummies

The earliest Egyptian mummy found was a corpse of a man nicknamed Ginger because of his hair colour. He was well preserved due to conditions found in the hot desert sands, which had been his burial site. His death was estimated to have occurred around 3300 B.C. Ginger was not a mighty Pharaoh so he did not get the notoriety given Ramses and Seti I and the other Pharaoh's discovered to date. Nevertheless he is an example of a natural mummification process, preserved by the desert sands.

It has not been determined if this burial was intentional, though he was buried with pottery vessels. It is likely that his people did understand that the sands would preserve his body. These ancient people probably buried stones on top of him to keep him safe from the jackals that would eat his remains. He was probably buried with some food in case he got hungry on his trip to the after world. Ginger's remains are housed at the British Museum.

to be continued

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Mar 2015 (#)

Very interesting. I too would like to see the pyramids.

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author avatar Utah Jay
25th Mar 2015 (#)

One day I would truly love to go through the British museum. Very interesting

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