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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:06 am    Post subject: I get to mummify a rat. Reply with quote

I am currently studying Ancient Egypt and we just started the mummification project, for a little fun we will be mummifying a rat! I think this will be great, we recetnly watched a video on a real mummification it was very intruiging!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the fact that rats freak me out aside, that sounds pretty cool.

You should make an Egyptian style sarcophagus for it if possible.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds like a lot of fun, 18th dynasty. I wasn't into Egypt until after my college days, but I remember dissecting cats, rats, fetal pigs, fish, and all manner of other critters back in high school biology. I wish I'd been an Egyptophile back then because I was the kind of kid who would've gone on to mummify an animal or two, whether or not the assignment called for it. Razz

I'm a docent in the ancient Egypt hall in the Field Museum (Chicago), and I deal with a lot of school kids of all ages. Your the first I've heard of who's mummifying a rat, but I've met a number of school kids who've mummified chickens--kids ranging in age from about 12 to 15. I was intrigued by this so I went on the Net and found this page. Along the blue bar at the top are four steps to mummifying a chicken. What fun kids have these days!

You'll have to report back and let us know how the mummy rat turned out. Do you get to make a coffin or sarcophagus for it, like Smenkare asked? Maybe a little funerary mask painted gold? What do rat ushabti look like? Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe use a fancy pillbox as a canopic jar? Very Happy

It would be interesting to do something like this. Do they actually put the rat in some type of salt for 40 days?

I just looked at the chicken mummification page Laughing King Cluck-en-amen?
It's nice that with a chicken you at least don't have to eviscerate the animal.

The "rub the chicken mummy with spices" made me laugh. And using baby oil too.

What did they treat the ancient mummies with? Did they rub them with some sacred oil? They did use things like myrrh didn't they?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know the Egyptians put a lot of fragrant oils, resins and spices on the body to stop it smelling bad-and also (correct me if I'm wrong) because of antibacterial properties? I think some oils also had religious connotations as well.

I've heard some people use washing or baking soda as the 'natron' for modern mummifying experiments (like an old link I saw some time ago, about mummifying worms...), and some just use salt...what's the 'natron' for the rat going to be?

Oh, and do you have to pick the rat's nose to get it's brain out? Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What did they treat the ancient mummies with? Did they rub them with some sacred oil? They did use things like myrrh didn't they?


They used all sorts of oils and unguents in the mummification process, but those were mainly for cosmetic purposes, as isisinacrisis mentioned. Oil was also used after the desiccation period to try to restore some suppleness to the wizened skin. Then there are the seven sacred oils used ritually (you often see them inscribed on tomb walls), but I can't remember if these were used during the mummification or during the funeral ceremonies.

And Herodotus writes that after the evisceration was completed the embalmers:

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...fill the cavity with the purest bruised myrrh, with cassia, and every other sort of spicery except frankincense, and sew up the opening.


I'm not sure why frankincense was prohibited. Maybe the priests were pulling Herodotus' leg or perhaps his interpreter was the village drunk.

Hmm, village drunk. Now why does that sound familiar? Think

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Oh, and do you have to pick the rat's nose to get it's brain out?


Yeah, maybe they could borrow a dental pick from a dentist's office for that. And they'll need a magnifying glass. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im doing the first step of the mummification process in two or three days. I let you know what happens.

Yes, we will be making a sarcohpagus for the rat with egyptian symbolys etc inside, the outside box will be painted gold and then another inside paintedt silver, the rat wil be wrapped in linan cloth, we are putting the rat in some kind of salt and also puttuing a type of resin over him. I'll tell you what hapens when I do my first step in a few days.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL No rat has ever been treated to such a lavish burial, aside from the occasional shoe box in a back yard. We look forward to hearing the results, 18th dynasty. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

now I think this sounds very cool, but I could never even touch a dead rat, let alone mummify one. Best of luck, though. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. I love rats. Why not show me picture when you done... My own one baby rat become mummy already. baby is only five day old. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL That post was almost two years ago, ZericsKirog. I doubt the rat is around anymore, unless 18th dynasty buried it in the back yard. Even so, we wouldn't want to disturb the Osiris Rat's eternal rest, would we? Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neat! A friend of mine who is an Egyptologist, mummified his cat some years ago. He specialises in mummies.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi... You have good protect buried of your rat. Smile My rats all are ashers and one baby is mummy Very Happy.... I understand you already buried.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:29 pm    Post subject: Lucky Reply with quote

Wow I wish I got to practice mummification when I learnt about AE (still I did only learn about it in Year 3).

Nothing a bit of "hands-on" learning, if you know what I mean.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always wanted to mummify something, but I never had anything to mummify. It's crossed my mind to get a pet mouse or something just so I can mummify it when it dies. Maybe I'll go out and look for fresh roadkill or something....er...wait... Very Happy
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