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Though 4650 BCE to 395 BCE the Egyptians developed a scared tradition of preparing the body for the afterlife Mummification was originally meant for the Pharaohs and Kings However as time went on more and more people were being prepared to enjoy their afterlife It all started with the Egyptians of the early Predynastic Period They did not artificially attempt to preserve the body as the Egyptians did in the later time periods The deceased wrapped in goat hide was buried in a shallow pit dug out of the desert sand Over time the heat of the surrounding sand dried out the body The earliest Egyptian mummies were created by dry natural heat Later in this time period the Egyptians made different types of tombs The body was wrapped in a reed mat to prevent it from touching the sand Eventually these tombs were developed into wood coffins then stone tombs With the creation of stone tombs the Egyptians had created a cooler moist place for the mummy to lie which made the body decay faster than normal As the early Dynastic Period and Old Kingdom came into affect the Egyptians put more value on life after death To be recognized by the God Osiris they needed to find a better way to preserve their dead This started the first attempt at artificially preserving the body The body was covered in linens and plaster in an attempt to create a solid cast that could be painted Later in the dynasty the true embalming process began They started to take out the organs of the body Each organ was individually wrapped in linens and place in a canopic jar During this period the Egyptians also introduced natron a salt like substance that was used to dry out the body Around 1000 years later Egypt entered the New Kingdom The process of mummification has been greatly refined and has become a more religious process
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