Search results for "mummies"

  • Animal mummies in ancient Egypt

    Almost every kind of animal that lived in ancient Egypt has been found as a mummy – from bulls, birds, snakes and crocodiles to fish, cats and scarab beetles. Many animals were seen as manifestations of gods. These animals appeared to share similar qualities with certain gods so were considered sacred.

  • The origins of mummification in ancient Egypt

    In ancient Egypt a person's body was preserved as they believed that the soul (ba) and life force (ka) needed to have a physical base in the afterlife.

  • Disposing of the dead - Preservation

    The earliest deliberately preserved bodies are those of the Chinchorro culture of northern Chile which date back about 7000 years. Today, the preserved bodies of famous political leaders, such as Lenin and Mao Tse Teung, demonstrate the continuing urge to defy death in some way.

  • Afterlife: Embalming the Egyptian Way

    Australian connections in the science of the mummy.

  • Exhibiting human remains

    The trade in antiquities, including human remains was commonplace in the 19th century. Public fascination with mummies has remained steadfast, but some museums in the 21st century are attempting to redress the balance, to look at the history of acquisition of these remains and to begin a dialogue with their communities of origin. In a similar way , many Indigenous remains in museums were acquired unethically. The Australian Museum supports the repatriation of these remains to their community of origin.

  • Afterlife: Gifts from Thebes

    Mummies, history and science at the Australian Museum.

  • Death and burial in ancient Egypt

    Elaborate tombs with well preserved mummies, coffins and art give us a glimpse into the complex beliefs and customs of this ancient culture.

  • Afterlife: Missing Bones

    Puzzle of the Egyptian Mummy: What happened on the journey to eternity?

  • Night Talk: Monstrous mummies at the movies


  • How were ancient Egyptians mummified?

    The Egyptians had a long tradition of mummifying their wealthy dead. 

  • Tattooing - Earliest examples

    Tattooed markings on skin and incised markings in clay provide some of the earliest evidence that humans have long practised a wide range of body art. The written accounts of early European explorers also attest to the elaborate and widespread nature of tattooing in various parts of the world, providing an insight into traditions that had their origins deep in the past.

  • Our Global Neighbours: The Colour of Afterlife

    How ancient Egyptians netted themselves blue for eternity.

  • Ancient Egyptian Mummy E73942


  • Peruvian mummy CT scan


  • Ancient Egyptian mummy net with amulet E32103