Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Irtw-irw
Age 30
Sex male
Status middle
Height Ht. 72 inches (including sarcophagus)
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 305-30 B.C.
Site Akhmim
Current Location
Location University of Memphis, Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Catalog # 1985.3.1b,c
Irtw-irw (pronounced "ear-too ear-oo") means "may the eye (of the god) be against them." In other words, may the eye of the god protect Irtw-irw from his enemies.


In 1987 a medical team from the University of Tennessee Medical School examined him with C.A.T. scan, and pathologists closely examined him. Later, an E.N.T. (ear, nose and throat) specialist looked inside Irtw-irw's head. This exam, along with the C.A.T. scan, confirmed that Irtw-irw suffered from an ear infection which ultimately invaded his brain and may have caused his death. The examination also revealed that he was younger than expected, and died at about 30 years old.

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