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Pharaonic embalming bed restored from fragments

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

It was discovered in pieces in a tomb next to King Tut’s in the Valley of the Kings three years ago. Archaeologists have painstakingly put the puzzle together so now we can see the entire bed as it was when it was used 3,000 years ago.

The bed, featuring carved heads of a lion and a lioness at its foot, slopes downwards five centimetres (two inches) from head to toe to help drain bodies being prepared for mummification. […]

Luxor antiquities director Mansour Bouriq told AFP that unlike most beds found in tombs, this one was not ceremonial but actually used for embalming.

“We believe this was a room used for embalming because we found some embalming materials, including herbs, oils and pottery vessels,” he said.

No mummy was found inside the tomb, so they can’t date the bed exactly, but they think it dates to the 8th dynasty (1570-1304 BC).

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