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Archaeologists unearth Ancient Egyptian embalming cache

Archaeologists from the Czech Institute for Egyptian Science discovered a cache of artifacts related to the practice of ancient Egyptian mummification during excavations at the Abu Sir cemetery. Mummification in ancient Egypt was an integral part of rituals for the dead, involving the preservation of the body to ensure that the deceased would be accepted into the afterlife. The ancient Egyptians believed that the soul, ka, which represented vitality, left the body once a person died. Only if the deceased is properly embalmed will they return to ka to live for eternity in the afterlife. The cache, which dates to the 26th Dynasty (664 BC – 525 BC), was found in a huge well measuring 5.3 x 5.3 meters at a depth of around 14 meters. The researchers identified 370 ceramic vessels containing the remains of materials used in mummification, in addition to four empty limestone Canopic vessels inscribed with hieroglyphic texts naming an individual called "Wahibre".