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How do you make a mummy, and why did we make mummies in the first place?

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Mummy unwrapping brought Egyptology to the public
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121029154253.htm 
“Public ‘unwrappings’ of real mummified human remains performed by both showmen and scientists heightened the fascination, but also helped develop the growing science of Egyptology, says a historian.”

Ancient Egyptian Mummification Practices Revisited by New Study
http://www.history.com/news/ancient-egyptian-mummification-practices-revisited-by-new-study 
“Brain removal, heart preservation and liquefying organs with cedar oil? These trends in mummification weren’t as prevalent among Egyptian embalmers as previously thought, a new study suggests.”

Saving Chilean mummies from climate change
http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2015/03/saving-chilean-mummies-from-climate-change 
“At least two thousand years before the ancient Egyptians began mummifying their pharaohs, a hunter-gatherer people called the Chinchorro living along the coast of modern-day Chile and Peru developed elaborate methods to mummify not just elites but all types of community members—men, women, children, and even unborn fetuses.”
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