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|Let's not forget that embalming has been done since the time of the Egyptian pharoh's around 3500 BC. In their case, called mummification, it was only done to nobility and the very wealthy because of the cost involved. Their techniques were much different from our modern ones (even during the Civil War) but the purpose was entirely different. Preservation of the body and organs were the ultimate goal because Egyptians believed the soul would one day return to occupy their bodies so they needed to find a way to keep them from decaying. However I always wondered how they intended to reoccupy a body that had been dissected with the various organs also mummified and kept in seperate pots? It would be quite a jigsaw puzzle.