A vintage photograph was taken in 1894 of ancient priests at the Giza Museum.

These men and women were the lifeblood of ancient Egypt. They presided over rituals, embalming of bodies and ensuring the deceased’ soul had an eloquent and easy journey to the afterlife.

It probably cost around half a year's salary for decent mummification. There were usually three tiers of service. Basic service for the poor, a mid-range service for the middle class and a higher-end service for the rich.

Royalty and the super-rich had the ultimate mummification with all rights and rituals taking place with no expense spared.