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Death and Mummies of Ancient Egypt

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Whether watching them in movies, making a Halloween costume out of toilet paper, or getting up close and personal with one in a national museum, many are fascinated by pictures, stories, encounters and more of Egypt’s mummies. Initially happening naturally as a result of the conditions of burial sites in the desert, mummification later became a key religious ceremony to the ancient Egyptians. The bodies of Pharaohs or Egyptian nobility were deliberately embalmed and preserved, believing that it ensured they would live well in the afterlife.

But it wasn’t just about mummies—death in ancient Egypt was all about ceremony. It’s that sense of ceremony that has left us some of the most enduring relics from this fascinating period in Egypt’s history, including the mysterious Sphinx, and the last surviving of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World in the Great Pyramid at Giza.

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Last month, the Art Institute of Chicago teamed up with radiologist Michael W. Vannier of the University of Chicago Medicine and Oriental Institute research associate Emily Teeter to study two of its mummies, Paankhenamun (c. 945--715 BC) and Wenuhotep (c. 300 BC). The team used state-of-the-art CT scan technology to examine the mummies, revealing new information about life in ancient Egypt.
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    King Tut was born more than 3,000 years ago.

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    Malaria and bone deformities led to the pharaoh's eventual death.

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Hunefer's Judgement in the presence of Osiris, Book of the Dead, 19th Dynasty, New Kingdom, c. 1275 B.C.E., papyrus, Thebes, Egypt (British Museum). Erratum: near the end of the video we say that Nephthys and Anubis are siblings, this is not correct. More free lessons at: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=WceVwMdN0eE Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker Figures represented in order of appearence (left to right): +Hunefer (deceased scribe) +Anubis (jackal-headed god associated with mummification, burial and the afterlife, he is the son of Nephthys) +Ma'at (goddess of order and ethical judgement. She wears a feather associated with truth and is here shown at the top of the scales) +Ammit or Ammut (demon represented as part crocodile, lion and hippopotamus. Devoured hearts that failed the test of Ma'at) +Thoth (here represented as an Ibis-headed god recording the fate of the deceased, in this case Hunefer) +Horus (falcon-headed god/also eye of Horus, associated with the king and son of Osiris) +Horus's 4 sons Imsety, Duamutef, Hapi, Qebehsenuef (associated with the 4 cardinal points, protection of vital organs of the deceased) +Osiris (enthroned wearing Atef crown; he is associated with death and is one of the most powerful gods in the Egyptian pantheon) +Isis (goddess protector of mummys and Osiris and in some instances, the mother of Horus and sister of Nephthys) +Nephthys (goddess who, along with her sister Isis, protects mummys and Osiris, mother of Anubis, sister and wife of Seth)
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In which John covers the long, long history of ancient Egypt, including the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms, and even a couple of intermediate periods. Learn about mummies, pharaohs, pyramids and the Nile with John Green. Crash Course World History is now available on DVD! http://www.subbable.com/crashcourse Resources: Hieroglyphs, Egyptian gods, and more: http://dft.ba/-egyptA Mummies!: http://dft.ba/-mummies Pyramids!: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid Follow us! @thecrashcourse @realjohngreen @raoulmeyer @crashcoursestan @saysdanica @thoughtbubbler Like us! ‪http://www.facebook.com/youtubecrashcourse Follow us again! ‪http://thecrashcourse.tumblr.com Support CrashCourse on Subbable: http://subbable.com/crashcourse
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The Great Sphinx is carefully placed within Giza, protecting the tombs of Khafre and Khufu. But when was the sphinx given a face? And whose face would serve to protect these important pharaohs? From: SECRETS: The Sphinx http://bit.ly/1Auajyx
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Nefertiti's likeness is one of the Neues Museum's most popular exhibits - but it isn't just her mark on Ancient Egypt's history that attracts visitors. It's also her mesmerizing glass eye. From: MUSEUM SECRETS REVEALED: Inside Berlin's Museums http://bit.ly/1p3uieu
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Unused / unissued material - Colour material. Various shots of carving and inscriptions from an exhibition on the tomb of the Ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun. Shots of statues, King Tut's golden death mask, jewellery, pottery, art, the sarcophagus, model of a jackal, other death masks. These shots of the treasures of Ancient Egypt appear to have been filmed from colour photographs rather than the original artefacts. Note: seems to be a variable spelling - Tutankhamen or Tutankhamun. 90,000 historic films, all SEARCHABLE on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/britishpathe Join us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/britishpathe Tweet us @britishpathe FILM ID:3406.07