Certainly one of the most interesting things about ancient Egypt is the fact that they mummified their Pharaohs and buried them in large tombs, sometimes building giant pyramids to bury them in with their valuable posessions. The ancient Egyptians believed that people would live on in the underworld after death if the body was properly preserved. This meant that the major organs had to be removed from the body (the brain was pulled out through the nose) and the body had to then be wrapped in bandage-like cloths. It was then encased in a coffin-like box, which was decorated with ornamental paintings and gold. The tombs were also full of valuable treasures which had belonged to the Pharaoh. A picture of the mask that was on the young Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb is shown here. It is probably one of the most famous masks because it is one of few remaining. Most valuables left in tombs were stolen by grave-robbers, leaving only a few untouched tombs.
New information about ancient Egypt is being found all the time. In fact, just last year a new untouched tomb was found and this year a statue of Ramses II was found. (AP Photo)
More artifacts and relics are bound to surface as we continue to dig deeper into Egypt's past.
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