History KS2: The afterlife in Ancient Egypt

Dr Joann Fletcher visits the Turin Museum to take a look at the artefacts recovered from the tomb of Kha and Merit.

Joann explains the importance of the afterlife for Ancient Egyptians.

She looks at some of the items that would be left in the tomb for use in the afterlife.

Through studying the Book of the Dead, hieroglyphs and ancient tombs, she shows exactly what a funeral procession would look like.

She then describes the ceremonies of the ‘Opening of the Mouth’ and the ‘Weighing of the Heart’.

This clip is from BBC series: Ancient Egypt - Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings.

Teacher Notes

After watching the clip, students could discuss how important the idea of an afterlife was to the Ancient Egyptians.

They could examine images of some of the items buried in tombs and speculate what their purpose might be.

They could consider the different stages of the journey into the afterlife and reproduce this as a storyboard or cartoon. Or, they could produce a diary entry for an ancient Egyptian attending a funeral.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching History and Social Studies at KS2/Second level (Scotland).

More from Ancient Egypt - Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings

Daily life in Ancient Egypt
Marriage and family in Ancient Egypt
Mummification in Ancient Egypt
Tombs in Ancient Egypt