The Egyptians believed that when they died, they would make a journey to another world where they would lead a new life, known as 'the afterlife'.
They believed that they had to preserve their bodies so they could use it in the afterlife and would take all the things they had used when they were alive.
Whilst poor Egyptians were buried in the sand,
the rich ones, mainly pharaohs, were buried in a tomb and therefore would pay lots of money to have their bodies properly preserved.
The word mummy comes from the name of the process the Egyptians used to preserve their bodies?
This process was called mummification.
Click on the link below and follow the instructions to carry out your own mummification.