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Ankhpakhered
Human Mummy
Ankhpakhered
Biographical Information
Name(s) Ankhpakhered
Age unknown
Sex male
Status a priest of the god Min, protector of human, animal, and plant fertility
Height 165 cm
Source
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 360–200 BC
Site unknown
Current Location
Location Civic Museum of Asti, Italy
Catalog #

Ankhpakhered was a member of the priesthood at Karnak. Ankhpakhered was a part of a family who were all a part of priesthood as well, as his father, son, and brother would live to become priests while his wife would sing at certain temples and his mother was known to be a sistrum player; "The gods father, prophet of Amun in Karnark, Ankhpakhered, son of Nesmin and Tadisetdiankh".

Mummification

Evidence from many studies suggest that the body may not have been mummified, but rather it was just a skeleton underneath the bandages. Furthermore, the bones show that it was not in its correct anatomy, some of the bones were pieced together incorrectly which suggests that the so called Ankhpakhered "mummy" was in a coffin that was re-used (Quarta, 2016).

Studies

Ankhpakhered has been studied at the Centre for Dating and Diagnostics at the University of Salento, Italy. CT scans taken of the mummy have shown many unusual features of this mummy, suggesting a reuse of the sarcophagus. Furthermore, specimens were taken via endoscopy for accelerator mass spectrometer,radiocarbon dating and Fourier transform infrared analyses, which have been carried out at CEDAD. The studies taken show that the mummy itself is a lot younger than the age of its coffin (Quarta 2016).

Pathology

It is not fully known what caused the death of this mummy however the first theory was that it looked as if many damages have been found in the chest area and with other evidence surrounding it, there is a chance that this individual was murdered. The murder would be reasonable as it would explain why damage was found around the chest area. However, once more tesst were taken it was clear that inside was skeletal remains, so a cause of death may not have been murder and at this point there is no clear cause of death, it remains undetermined (Quarta 2016).

Additional

The feet are not in position but are placed between the femurs, and the pelvis is in the incorrect location as well. The spine is broken up into individual pieces which are scattered around the thoracic cage, which is also surrounded by some smaller bones like fingers, hands or teeth. Finally, a broken jaw can be spotted, suggesting the coffin was reused and that the mummy is younger than the age of the coffin.The mummy was discovered in a wooden coffin which has rich decorations and hieroglyphic inscription which has been dated to the period anywhere between the 22nd and 23rd dynasties, i.e. 945 and 715 BC (Quarta, 2016).

External Links

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/551996

https://journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/radiocarbon/article/view/16404/pdf

References

Quarta, G.(2016, February).The strange case of the ankhpakhered mummy: results of ams 14C dating. Retrieved from https://journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/radiocarbon/article/view/16404/pdf

The gods father, prophet of amun in karnark, ankhpakhered, son of nesmin and tgadisetdiankh (2000-2017). Retrieved from http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/551996

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