Friday, November 22, 2013

Meat Mummies. It's What's for Dinner.

"Meat mummies" placed in Egyptian tombs were thought to provide sustenance in the afterlife. These mummified cuts of meat were discovered to have been treated with various balms for preservation. Although previously found in tombs (King Tut's tomb included 48 cases of meat), these meat mummies have remained untested until now.

Mummifying animals or animal meat can be for a number of reasons - to provide food in the afterlife, to act as an offering to a particular god, to allow a pet to accompany their master in the afterlife and/or they were seen as physical manifestations of specific gods that the Egyptians worshipped.

A rack of ribs from the tomb of an Egyptian couple, Tjuiu and Yuya (parents of the wife of pharaoh, Amenhotep III), date back to between 1386 and 1349 B.C. The ribs were wrapped in bandages and then smeared with fat to act as a preservative. Other mummy meats had remnants of a balm made of fat or oil and resin from a plant.

The meat mummy and various animal mummies:

And if you really were expecting meat mummies for dinner