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King Cluck and Nefer-tweety: making mummies from cornish game hens

Day 1: a plump and tender little bird

2nd grade students are totally into Ancient Egypt. Students completed research and art projects on the Ancient Egyptian civilization. The majority of students were fascinated by the process of mummification, so we are now rolling up our sleeves and putting some game hens through the process. We are currently 2 weeks into this venture and things are fantastic! No awful smell and no mummy’s curse. Check back as we document the process here!

We used a combination of allspice, basil, and rosemary and rubbed the entire surface, in hopes the spices would help control the odor. We covered the hens in salt and double bagged them. The bag on the left is one week old, while the one on the right has just been put into the salt for the first time. After 7 days,  we took out the hen on the left, Nefer-tweety, she had lost 3 ounces of fluids! Our hypothesis was correct. Good news! The spices worked and there was no terrible odor. Back into the salt for another week.

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One response to “King Cluck and Nefer-tweety: making mummies from cornish game hens

  1. Amazing idea! So glad that there are teachers out there that really engage the students! Can’t wait to see more pics!

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