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“Did You Know?” Fun Fact: Stuffed Mummies

Here’s something you may not know about mummies.

The process used to mummify dead bodies throughout much of Ancient Egyptian history was effective in preserving the skin and bones because it dried out the entire body.

However, with no moisture to fill out the flesh of the mummy, it did not look nearly as human. To compensate, embalmers late in Ancient Egypt’s history routinely stuffed linen, mud, or sawdust in the body underneath the skin, to make the flesh look fuller.

This effort to give a lifelike appearance may also be the reason the mummy of Ramesses the Great has peppercorns stuffed up his nose.

Mummy of Ramesses the Great, complete with prominent nose.

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