Ancient Mesopotamians

The burial practices of the Sumerians are part of their belief in the spirit world and they follow a strict pattern. Their bodies were wrapped in reed matting, or occasionally put into a coffin. The corpse of the person was put onto its side with water in a bowl between their hands and close to the mouth. Sometimes treasured items might go to the grave with them.

Vessels were filled with food and water and placed near the body so the spirit would not come back for food. The tombs were filled according to how much the family could afford…usually the royal tombs were filled with treasure and anything else they could need in the next life.

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