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Mer-Neithites
Human Mummy
MerNeithites
Biographical Information
Name(s) Mer-Neithites
Age 30s
Sex f
Status high
Height
Source
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 664-535 BC
Site
Current Location
Location Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney
Catalog #
A high priestess of Sehkmet. Her coffin was purchased by Sir Charles Nicholson from an Egyptian antiquities market around 1858. It was among the hundreds of items Nicholson bequeathed to the University of Sydney and formed part of the base of the collection of the Nicholson Museum.
Ctfeet

CT scan of coffin clearly showing the mummy's feet.

It was erroneously cataloged as empty. In 2017, researchers opened the coffin where they discovered human bones, resin fragments, bandages, and faience beads that had once rested over the mummy as a net. Ancient tomb robbers had already severely damaged the mummy.


Studies

Less than 20% of the mummy seems to remain. CT scans suggested a person of about 30 years of age.

Additional

More than 7,000 beads were discovered, thought to have come from a funeral shawl or net.

External Links

https://www.sciencealert.com/mummy-found-inside-empty-coffin-mer-neith-it-es-university-of-sydney

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/03/27/a-museum-relegated-an-empty-coffin-to-a-side-room-for-decades-inside-was-a-2500-year-old-mummy/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/mummy-egypt-ancient-remains-coffin-priestess-australia-mer-neith-it-es-a8275451.html

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