The oldest known instructions for the ancient art of embalming mummies were recently discovered on a medical papyrus from ancient Egypt

How-to descriptions of the mummification process are exceptionally rare in the archaeological record — only two other such “manuals” are known. This newest example, found in an ancient scroll dating to around 1450 B.C., predates other mummification texts by more than 1,000 years. The guide contains many helpful suggestions, such as how to make herbal insect repellent and using red linen wrappings to reduce facial swelling.



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