Demotic Embalmer's Agreement

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 22 March 2018

This document contains an agreement between one group of lector-priests of the necropolis of To-ankh at Asyut, and another group, defining which persons were to be employed in the ceremonies of mummification, and what materials were to be provided for every corpse brought to the necropolis. Notable days in the mummification process are specifically mentioned; these include the 4th day, the 16th day, and the 35th day, on which wrapping of the body probably began. Demotic script on papyrus. Ptolemaic Period, reign of Ptolemy VI, 157 BCE. From Asyut, modern-day Egypt. (The British Museum, London).

About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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APA Style

Amin, O. S. M. (2018, March 22). Demotic Embalmer's Agreement. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

Chicago Style

Amin, Osama S. M. "Demotic Embalmer's Agreement." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 22, 2018.

MLA Style

Amin, Osama S. M. "Demotic Embalmer's Agreement." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 22 Mar 2018. Web. 19 Apr 2019.

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