Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

16 March 2018 – 26 August 2018

You will discover six mummies and more than 200 artefacts from the world famous Egyptian collections of the British Museum, and gain insight into the life and death of those six individuals who lived in Egypt between 3000 and 1800 years ago.

Nestawedjat – Lady of the House, circa 700 BC

Explore the ancient practice of mummification and Egyptian funerary tradition through the various research methods used at the British Museum. Scans of Nestawedjat revealed the different steps performed by embalmers during the mummification.

Tamut – Chantress of Amun, circa 900 BC

Meet some important Egyptian gods via Tamut’s decorated cartonnage and discover magical and ritual aspects of mummification.

Irthorru – Priest at Akhmim, circa 600 BC

Priests played a central religious and social role in ancient Egypt, and ensured offerings were regularly made to the gods. Find out what CT scans reveal about Irthorru’s health.

Priestess – circa 900 BC

Identified as a Singer of the Interior of Amun, this mummy would have sung and played music to accompany the rituals performed by priests. Learn why her mummification didn’t quite go to plan. 

Young Child – circa  40-60 AD

In ancient Egypt few children appear to have been mummified. Find out what the cartonnage and CT scans unveil about this mummy. 

Young Man – circa 100-200 AD

Discover the evolution of mummification in ancient Egypt during the extraordinary cultural exchanges that took place.