What did Ancient Egyptians Put Body Parts In?

Ancient Egyptians removed body organs and stored them in containers.
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From the construction of the majestic pyramids to the seventy-day process of mummification, life in ancient Egypt is a fascinating study for both children and adults. One of the most interesting components of ancient Egyptian culture is the removal and storage of whole body organs from the body of the deceased during the mummification process.

1 Canopic Jars

Ancient Egyptians carefully placed the lungs, stomach, intestines and liver of a corpse into special containers called canopic jars. These jars were often made of stone; however, their lids were also crafted from wood to represent the Sons of Horus: Qebhsenuef, Duamutef, Hapy and Imsety. Each son was thought to protect a specific organ. Canopic jars were buried with the mummy to be used later in the afterlife.

Sara Schmidt has contributed to various print and online publications, including "Valley Scene Magazine" and Daily Kos. She is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University.