Animal Mummies

Session Summary

Challenge students to experiment with research techniques to learn more about the fascinating practice of animal mummification in ancient Egypt. Students will be asked to investigate three sets of mummified remains to determine their contents without damaging them.

At a glanceAnimal Mummies X-ray section

Cost: £75

Duration: 120 Minutes

Subject: Science

Numbers: 20 max.

Level: KS3/4

Adults: One adult per 15 students

“Fun and insightful experience” – pupil comment

“I thought it was interesting how scientists today have made mummies” – pupil comment

“It was good that we could interact with some of the specimens” – pupil comment

Session Activities and Outcomes

Pupils will:

  • Work in groups to investigate an animal mummy case study.
  • Make detailed observations.
  • Make a hypothesis about the contents of the animal mummy.
  • Analyse real digital X-ray and CT scans of animal mummies.
  • Use light microscopes to view a simulated sample from an animal mummy and compare it to reference samples from the Museum’s collection.
  • Use skull and skeletal specimens from the Museum’s collection to compare the anatomy of animals.
  • Use real ancient Egyptian artefacts to gain additional cultural information about why the ancient Egyptians made animal mummies.
  • Prepare and deliver a group presentation about their case study.
  • Develop an understanding of how scientific techniques can be used in archaeology.
  • Be encouraged to ask questions about university life and careers in science.

National Curriculum Links for KS3/4

Links to the Science Curriculum
  • Learning about the skeletal system.
  • Using microscopes to observe and interpret cells.
  • Making a hypothesis based on evidence.
  • Using appropriate techniques, apparatus, and materials during fieldwork and laboratory work.
Links to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development
  • Enabling students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Enabling students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public
    institutions and services in England.

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