As part of our history topic on the ancient Egyptians, Year 5 ‘mummified’ some tomatoes.
Although the children didn’t actually wrap the tomatoes in bandages or place the fruit into a sarcophagus, they followed similar preparatory steps to those that were practised thousands of years ago. To mimic the removal of a pharaoh’s squishy innards, the children removed the tomato seeds and the surrounding pulp. They then covered the remains of the tomatoes in salt to preserve them, similar to the ancient Egyptian technique of drying and preserving bodies with natron (a mixture of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate).
We will be checking the fruity pharaohs over the next couple of weeks, and, who knows, we may even get the bandages out!