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27 January 2012 @ 07:01 pm
Writer's Block: Learning Curve  
It's said that you learn something new every day. What did you learn today?


Today I learned that some scholars of Egyptology hypothesize that the corpses of beautiful and/or prestigious women would often be delayed a few days before beginning the mummification process. Apparently, necrophilia was a potential problem if the bodies were too fresh, but after a few days the embalmers would no longer be tempted, so the mummification could proceed.

Clearly, this is a fun fact that I'll have to leave out of the school tours when I do my rounds at the Egyptian Museum, but at least I can share it with you!