Students will research the history and science behind mummification as it relates to ancient Egyptians.In an attempt to replicate that process, students will use common household goods to make a hot dog mummy.
The objective of this experiment is to understand and replicate the process of mummification as it relates to ancient Egyptian techniques.
- One regular size hot dog
- Large plastic container with lid
- Kitchen scale
- 8 packages of baking soda
- Measure the hot dog, weigh it and take a photo. Record that information in a notebook
- Line the bottom of the plastic container with at least one inch of baking soda
- Place the hot dog in the center of the container.
- Cover the hot dog completely with another layer of baking soda.
- Place the container in a dark location away from air vents.
- Do not open the lid for 14 days.
- On the 14th day, open the lid and examine the hot dog.
- How has the hot dog changed? Does it smell? What does it weigh? Has the color changed? Compare your notes from the raw hot dog.
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