Why did the ancient Egyptians mummify their dead?
March, 16: A 4,400-year-old mummy is found near the Pyramid of Cheops
The ancient Egyptians believed that when someone died, their soul left their body. The soul would then return and be reunited with the body after it was buried. However, the soul needed to be able to find and recognise the body in order to live forever. Various techniques were used from at least the Old Kingdom, about 2600 BCE, until early Christian times when the practice was abandoned.