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Ossuary bearing an architectural decoration - Herodian period, 1st century BCE

Ossuary bearing an architectural decoration - Herodian period, 1st century BCE

Egypt: The practice of mummification emerged when the dead began to be buried in coffins rather than laid in the desert sand where they naturally desiccated. The viscera were first removed, and then the body was swathed in strips of cloth. Over the centuries the process was steadily refined.

Egypt: The practice of mummification emerged when the dead began to be buried in coffins rather than laid in the desert sand where they naturally desiccated. The viscera were first removed, and then the body was swathed in strips of cloth. Over the centuries the process was steadily refined.

Remains of the ancient library at Alexandria, lost in a fire with its 100,000 books.  Originally built between the years of 331 and 332.

Remains of the ancient library at Alexandria, lost in a fire with its 100,000 books. Originally built between the years of 331 and 332.

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