A time line of ancient Egyptian mummification
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3500 B.C.


 
3400 B.C.
3300 B.C.
3200 B.C.  
3100 B.C. Early burials in sand Early burials
3000 B.C.
2900 B.C.
2800 B.C.
2700 B.C. Earliest mummies made by this date
2600 B.C. Embalming process developed
Internal organs are removed during embalming
2500 B.C.  
2400 B.C. Pyramid texts first used
2300 B.C.
2200 B.C.
2100 B.C. Coffin texts first used
2000 B.C.
1900 B.C.
1800 B.C.
1700 B.C. Removing brain became standard
1600 B.C. Book of the Dead first used Book of the Dead
1500 B.C.
1400 B.C.
1300 B.C.
1200 B.C.
1100 B.C.
1000 B.C. Internal organs returned to body after embalming
Embalmed body is stuffed so it looks lifelike
900 B.C.
800 B.C.
700 B.C.
600 B.C.
500 B.C.
400 B.C.
300 B.C.
200 B.C.
100 B.C.
0 A.D.
100 A.D. Mummy portraits used Mummy portrait
200 A.D. Mummy portraits stop being used
300 A.D.
400 A.D.
500 A.D.
600 A.D.
700 A.D.
800 A.D.
900 A.D.
1000 A.D.
1100 A.D.
1200 A.D.
1300 A.D.
1400 A.D.
1500 A.D. Ground up mummies
1600 A.D.
1700 A.D.
1800 A.D. 1881- Group of royal mummies found
Mummy of Ramesses II unwrapped
1900 A.D. 1923- Mummy of Tutankhamun unwrapped
Medical tests done on mummies
2000 A.D.