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Dunkirk Primary School

Dunkirk Primary School

Autumn Term

Mummified tomato anyone?

We have learnt about the food they ate, clothes they wore, gods they worshipped and more! 

The children overcame their nerves and shared a wonderful musical performance with parents of the 'Weighing of the Heart' ceremony.  

The strangest thing we did was mummify a tomato! We scooped out the flesh, dried out the cavity with paper towel and filled it with natron (salt). The children had a great time sending the tomato to the underworld!!!

Did you know?

By removing the inside 'organs' of the tomato, you are taking away a lot of the moisture that would otherwise allow bacteria to break down the tomato. Natron also helps by quickly drawing away all the water from the tomato and making it harder for bacteria to live. This type of preservation is called mummification!

What is Natron?

Historical natron was harvested as a salt mixture from dry lake beds in Ancient Egypt and has been used for thousands of years as cleaning. We made ours by mixing salt and bicarbonate of soda.

What is preservation?

Preservation is to look after something to stop it becoming ruined.

Click the link below to journey through the afterlife in Ancient Egypt!

The Egyptian Book of the Dead: A guidebook for the underworld - Tejal Gala - YouTube


The devourer is getting hungry!
Taking a bow after a great performance!
Creating art by reusing the things we throw away!
We made pyramids and fish fit for the River Nile