Welcome to the new and improved Clickable Mummy. Move your mouse over the picture on the left to see under the wrappings of a typical mummy, then click to see interesting facts and information about the mummification process. You will also see some of the many magical amulets that were included in the mummies wrappings. These were removed when the mummies were unwrapped so we can see them, but also turn up in x-ray images taken of unwrapped mummies.

The origins of the Mummification process are a mystery, but it is possible that the Egyptians saw that bodies buried in the dry sand did not decompose, so perhaps they thought this showed that the dead person could one day come back to life.

As the civilisation developed the mummification process became more scientific. For example the bits of the body which were more likely to decompose, such as the intestines and liver, were removed and stored separately.

As well as the physical preservation of the body there were a lot of complicated rituals which had to be performed to ensure the dead person a happy afterlife.

The mummy shown here dates from the Roman Period. It has a distinctive painting inlaid into the head part, and is intricately bandaged and studded. This mummy was investigated as part of the National Museums of Scotland Mummy Project

Please note that the objects shown in this part of the site come from a variety of different mummies.