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Mummified Mackerel…?!

Through our history lessons and through our class book, ‘Secrets of a Sun King’, we learnt all about Egyptian burials and the traditions that had to be upheld, particularly when a pharaoh, like King Tut, died. One of the highlights of the topic was when we decided to test out the instructions for mummifying – on fresh mackerel! It was certainly not for the feint-hearted as we gutted the fish, removed its organs and packed it with salt before wrapping it in bandages. Just like the Egyptians would’ve done, we left the heart inside the fish as the Egyptians believed that this was the centre of intelligence and emotion, which would be needed in the afterlife. Our mackerels are currently busy mummifying in a very special area of the school and we’ll keep checking on them for the next few months. 

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