Before You Start


45 minutes- 1 hour

1-2 days

mummification, desiccation, decomposition, Egyptology, natron salts



Have you ever seen or heard of the movies “The Mummy” or “The Mummy Returns”? Mummies have often played a part in nightmares for Western cultures, but in ancient Egypt, mummification was a serious religious ritual thought to be necessary for a person to enjoy the afterlife. In this activity, you will learn about the science behind the process of mummification by mummifying a hot dog.

stem download Exploring Mummification with Hot Dogs



Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies


This activity is not appropriate for use as a science fair project. Good science fair projects have a stronger focus on controlling variables, taking accurate measurements, and analyzing data. To find a science fair project that is just right for you, browse our library of over 1,150 Science Fair Project Ideas or use the Topic Selection Wizard to get a personalized project recommendation.


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