Belief in a physical afterlife endured for thousands of years. An early example from prehistoric Egypt, is a ceramic model of a boat with a man in a fetal position, sailing to the afterlife where he will be reborn.
Predynastic Period, Naqada III, ca. 3500-3100 BC. Pottery, from Asyut. Now in the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden. F 1962.12.1