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Honey used as a… preservative.

Aside from its deliciousness, honey has been long used for its antiseptic properties as well as a preservative.  It was also used by the Egyptians as part of their funerary rites. In the following passage, Abd-Allatif-al-Baghdadi – a medieval explorer of the tombs of Egypt- relates a discovery:

Once when he [Abd- Allatif-al-Baghdadi] and several others were occupied in exploring the graves and seeking for treasures near the pyramids, they came across a sealed jar, and having opened it and found that it contained honey, they began to eat it.

Someone in the party remarked that a hair in the honey turned round one of the fingers of the man who was dipping his bread in it, and as they drew it out the body of a small child appeared with all its limbs complete and in a good state of preservation; it was well dressed and had upon it numerous ornaments.

Source – The Mummy: A Handbook of Egyptian Funerary Archaeology, By Budge E a Wallis, E. A. Wallis Budge

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