News Focus7th World Congress On Mummy Studies

For Best Ticket to the Afterlife, Pay Up

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Science  22 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6041, pp. 403
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6041.403-b

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Egyptologists have often suggested that ancient embalmers mummified each client the same way for some 3000 years. But the real picture was far more complicated, bioarchaeologists reported at the meeting. Only elite members of ancient Egyptian society consistently benefited from all the tricks of the embalmers' trade, thereby boosting their chances of a pleasurable afterlife.

  • * Heather Pringle is a contributing editor at Archaeology magazine.