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Ahmose-Meritamon
Human Mummy
Ahmosemeritamun
Biographical Information
Name(s) Ahmose Meryet Amon aka Ahmose-Meritamun or Ahmose-Meritamon
Age 40
Sex Female
Status Princess
Height
Source
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 1550 and 1580 B.C.
Site Deir el-Bahri Royal Mortuary Temple
Current Location
Location Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Catalog #
Ahmose Meryet Amon (meaning "Child of the Moon, Beloved of Amun") was the daughter of Pharaoh Seqenenre Tao II and she lived in Thebes around 1550 and 1580 B.C. She died around the age of 40 due to heart disease which scientists have identified as coronary atherosclerosis which leads to heart attack or stroke.

Mummification

Princess Ahmose was buried in the Deir el-Bahri Royal Mortuary Temple. During the mummification process, the body was wrapped with a shroud which had her name as well as her titles; The Royal Daughter and The Royal Sister Meritamon inscribed on it. The mummification process is very similar to other mummies of the 18th Dynasty.

Studies

In an investigation in 2011, 52 mummies were scanned about half of them indicated signs of occluded arteries.
Ahmose-Meryetamen I. whole body
She was found with blockages in five major arteries. In fact this mummy is the earliest known sufferer of coronary atherosclerosis. CT scans uncovered calcium deposits elsewhere in the bodies that are indicative of artery damage. But the study team could not confirm that any of the mummies died of heart disease as hers was missing.

She lived on a diet rich in vegetables, fruit and a limited amount of meat from domesticated animals. Wheat and barley bread and beer were her dietary staples.

According to studies, she was a relatively old women when she died; she was a fairly short as well.

Pathology

The princess was discovered to have arthritis and inflammation of the joints. She also had severe dental disease.


External Links

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/04/110415-ancient-egypt-mummies-princess-heart-disease-health-science/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110517121824.htm

References

Owen, J. (2011, April 15). Egyptian Princess Mummy Had Oldest Known Heart Disease. Retrieved January 12, 2017, from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/04/110415-ancient-egypt-mummies-princess-heart-disease-health-science/

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