The area on the sarcophagus that would normally be used to identify who the mummy was left blank and thus giving no indication as to the real identity of the mummy.
Annie had been buried in a red shroud which was commonly associated with priestly burials during this time. As well, her cartonnage burial mask features a gold leaf which also adds to the idea that she was granted a sacred burial and preservation.
StudiesThe cartonnage case around the feet of the mummy revealed that she had been stored upright for some time as the sandals and the case itself had suffered some damage. Repairs were made to the straps of the cartonnage and the nose of her face mask.
Based on CT scans of the mummy, it is assumed that Annie drowned in the Nile. She was probably given special treatment despite having no rank, because the river was sacred to the Egyptians. It is believed that the 16 or 17-year-old drowned approximately 2,300 years ago. The society she was brought up in had deemed that if one were to die in the Nile river, that they became sacred and thus needed a decent burial. From analysis, scientists claim that her body must have been in the water for quite some time as there was some decomposition that happened prior to undergoing the mummification process.CT scansshowed a missing kneecap and displacement of vertebrae.
History tells us that in the late 1800s, the Egyptian government sold several mummies from Akhmim to help fund the country's antiquities service. Thus it is believed that during this time she was sold to someone from North America who had brought her over. In 1903, the Academy of Natural Sciences had gained possession of her but she languished until the 1970s. Since 2009, Mimi Leveque, a conservator at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, has been working as a part of a conservation team to prepare Annie for a traveling exhibit, called “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science.”
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