Mummified ibis birds given a packed lunch
|Mummified Ibis [Credit: Andrew Wade/Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History]|
Studies of human mummies show that ancient Egyptians often removed and embalmed the lungs and digestion organs before placing them back inside the body – perhaps so they might work in the afterlife. The ibis mummies suggest Egyptians believed that birds also travelled to the afterlife, says Wade. "It suggests the provision of an afterlife food source to the bird," he says, "and lends support to the idea that the viscera of ibises and humans alike were meant to continue their living function within the afterlife."
The study is published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.
Author: Linda Geddes | Source: New Scientist [January 23, 2012]