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BackgroundEdit

The Gebelein predynastic mummies are six naturally mummified bodies, dating to approximately 3400 BC from the Late Predynastic period of Egypt, and were the first complete pre-dynastic bodies to be discovered. The well-preserved bodies were excavated at the end of the nineteenth century by Wallis Budge, the British Museum Keeper for Egyptology, from shallow sand graves near Gebelein (modern name Naga el-Gherira) in the Egyptian desert. 

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MummificationEdit

In the predynastic period bodies were usually buried naked and sometimes loosely wrapped. In such a burial, when the body is covered in warm sand, the environmental conditions mean that most of the water in the body is quickly evaporated or drained away, meaning that the corpse is naturally dried and preserved. This method was widely used in the pre-dynastic Egyptian period, before artificial mummification was developed 


External LinksEdit

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gebelein_predynastic_mummies


ReferencesEdit

Gebelein predynastic mummies (n.d.). Retrieved April 01, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gebelein_predynastic_mummies

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