In this TED-Ed episode, we hear in delightfully morbid detail how the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead. Drain the brain, bottle the organs, salt the body and entomb for thousands of years. Simple as that!

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Big props to The Moving Company Animation Studio for their whimsical animation, which perfectly complements the tone of narrator Susan Zimmerman. See the full lesson on mummification, by educator Len Bloch, at TED-Ed.

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