Egyptian Mummy (Preparing for the Afterlife)

Internal organs were usually removed during mummification and placed in containers known as canopic jars, or wrapped with the mummy. The brain was discarded but the heart was usually left inside the body. The mummification process itself was complicated and it took around 70 days between death and interment to prepare a corpse for burial – much of this time was spent drying out the deceased. Natron (a compound of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate) was used to dehydrate the body.