Hentepsear was a household hen in an upper class Egyptian home. She was well loved and received the royal treatment from family and friends. Upon Hentepsear’s death, many grieved. To prepare her for the after life, her body was mummified according the customs of the day.
After seven days, the body was exhumed to prepare her for the next stage of mummification. The jeweled tomb was opened…
First thing to notice is that the liquids from Hentepsear’s body has been absorbed by the desiccant (the salt/baking soda mixture).
Once the mixture is saturated with the liquid, it must be replaced. All of the liquid from Hentepsear must be absorbed or she will rot and can not continue her journy into the after life. The mixture was removed from the body. The hen now weighs a lot less than when she was first deceased. Her skin is a darker color and is getting very dry. There was no smell at all. Not even the smell of the rubbing alcohol.
The royal hen was placed in another freezer ziplock bag and a new batch of the salt/baking soda mixture was added. This time, since she was lighter and smaller, Hentepsear fitted nicely in her new inner coffin.
She was placed back into her royal, outer jeweled tomb. She will be checked again several times over the next several weeks. Somewhere around 3,000 years from now (eight weeks), her tomb will be discovered and her body will once again be exhumed.
Will they discover golden eggs, chicken feed, several mummified roosters? Will they find that her tomb had already been robbed of all her treasures? Will they x-ray the mummy and find that she mysteriously died from a sharp instrument at the base of the neck?
Will they discover the truth that there is only one God, the maker of all? Will they find that you can only get to heaven by believing in the Lord Jesus as your savior? Will they find that you can not take worldly treasures with you?
Time will tell…
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I can’t wait to see what they discover 😀 Golden eggs would be nice 😀
I wanted to make a mummy chicken last year, but Jessica said it was too creepy 😛
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What a great lesson!!
I’ll eagerly await the answers to the burning questions.
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This project is sooo fascinating. I hope you’ll keep updating us.
I didn’t know you could do that! The wonders I missed out on….
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Good questions! You’ll have to write down their answers. 🙂
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I like those questions. =) That is a nice name by the way. 😉 I am wondering what they will find in 3000 years too.
Yes, I thought that was a great name also. I don’t know where I came up with it. LOL
very nice, we will do this next year when we return to the Ancients for a second run through.
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This is just too cool!
I can’t wait for the next installment. By the way — I love your kitchen!
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Very cool! I am so glad that you are doing this so that I can enjoy it too. 🙂
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