Ancient Egyptian Burial

Definition

Egyptian burial is the common term for the ancient Egyptian funerary rituals concerning death and the soul's journey to the afterlife. Eternity, according to scholar Margaret Bunson, “was the common destination of each man, woman and child in Egypt” (87) but not 'eternity' in an afterlife above the clouds but an eternal Egypt mirroring one's life on earth.

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Timeline

  • c. 6000 BCE - c. 3150 BCE
    Burial rituals develop during the Predynastic Period in Egypt.
  • c. 4000 BCE
    Depictions of gods and afterlife on walls of Egyptian tombs.
  • c. 3200 BCE
    Hieroglyphic script developed in Egypt.
  • c. 3150 BCE - c. 30 BCE
    Burial rituals in Egypt are strictly observed to ensure the eternal life of the soul, including mummification, grave goods, and elaborate funerary rites.
  • c. 2670 BCE - c. 2650 BCE
    The Step Pyramid is built by Imhotep under reign of King Djoser.
  • c. 2613 BCE - 2181 BCE
    The pyramid tombs of Giza are constructed during the Old Kingdom period of Egypt.
  • c. 1550 BCE - 1070 BCE
    Composition of the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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