Jurgen Liepe

FIT FOR A FINAL JOURNEY. As in Israel, native natural sources of wood are scarce in Egypt. Many pharaohs imported Cedars of Lebanon for use in burial: Sarcophagi were sometimes carved of cedar wood, such as this example, which contained the mummy of Ramesses the Great (1279–1213 B.C.E.; sometimes thought to be the pharaoh of the Exodus). Cedar resin was also used in the mummification process.