One school project lead to another...which became King Chicken Little project. One year my oldest did a science project: the process of mummification. He chose a chicken over an apple (which is usually suggested).
It was an overall interesting project. At first week, to re-fill the salt and baking soda that thing (chicken) was pretty smelly!! Ugh. I made sure he used gloves every time he handled it for re-packaging it and bleached the counter! There was plenty of books on Egypt, but not so many about the process of mummifying; so most of our research was off the Internet.
It was very interesting to me why they mummified and took special care of the body after death, how each vital organ had its own container (canopic jar) for preserving while the process was being done...
It was also interesting to find out that after Christianity came into play, the Egyptians realized that this process of mummification is not necessary...because of Salvation.
The science project was a success and fun to do!! Ethan had about 2 months of time for the mummification process. A gross factor (yet interesting) is that after he made a 'tomb' for it, collected all his data, and the science fair was over...it was 'forgotten' in our garage for at least 2 months (still attached and wrapped and still in it's tomb/coffin) -and it was still preserved/mummified; no odor of any kind. That's one mummified chicken!! After I found it~ I was surprised, yet fascinated by it!! I could still smell the 'spices!' I threw it away though...we don't need it forever. LOL!
Below is a link to SOME photos of the project. Sad to say, I didn't take a photo of Ethan's embellished (tomb) box that the mummified chicken was placed in...oh well--my younger ones might want to do this project in the future.
Photos of the Project
Some great websites we used for this project:
1. Ancient Egypt
2. An Overview of Mummification in Ancient Egypt
3. Ancient Egypt Mummies
4. So you want to Mummify a Chicken?
5. How to Mummify a Chicken, Part 1
6. The Science of Mummification
7. Discovery Kids: Make a Mummy
Well, thanks for stopping by! ;)