This embalming table was used in Port Arthur and Fort William. The holes you see in the photograph were used for drainage. It also included at stainless steel neck brace. Embalming is an ancient art and science method that preserves human or animal remains which prevents decomposition. Embalming is done to make the deceased appropriate to view or to preserve their bodies for medical purposes. Chili and Peru are one of the earliest cultures to have performed mummification as early as 5000-6000 BC. Ancient Egyptians were also one of the earliest cultures to develop embalming starting around 3200 BC. You’ll find modern embalming today to preserve and present a deceased person for funerals.