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A rare view of Egyptian Book of the Dead

1 November 2010 Last updated at 21:23 GMT

The British Museum's major autumn exhibition this year examines ancient Egyptian beliefs about life after death.

Journey through the afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead will show off the museum's collection of papyri, a rare and very fragile collection of spells which were designed to guide the dead safely into eternal life.

The exhibition will include the longest Book of the Dead in the world, the Greenfield Papyrus, which is 37 metres long and has never been shown publicly in its entirety before.

Curator John H Taylor gave BBC News a tour of the exhibition.