Human Mummy
Body coffin of Khnum Nakht
Biographical Information
Name(s) Nekht-Ankh
Age 60
Sex male
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 12th Dynasty (c.1985-1773 BC)
Current Location
Catalog #

Discovered in a tomb later called The Tomb of The Two Brothers, at Deir Rifeh, a village 250 miles (400km) south of Cairo, by Egyptian workmen directed by Egyptologists, Flinders Petrie and Ernest Mackay. Hieroglyphic inscriptions on the his coffin and second coffin, belonging to a man called Khnum-Nakht indicated that both men had a mother with the same name, Khnum-aa. The markings on his coffin he is referred as the son of an unnamed local major.


Unlike his half-brother, Nekht-Ankh's body was in better condition although the body had fallen to pieces before the unwrapping. The bones were intact, and in the correct positions, along with the nails, fingers, and toes that were wrapped so they wouldn't be lost during the mummification process.


There is some suggestion that he might have been the very rare Egyptian eunuch.

Facial Reconstruction

He was aged about sixty at time of death. A set of canopic jars of which only two had contents, identified as the liver with the gall bladder attached, and lung tissue to which adhered part of the wall of the heart.


Nekht-Ankh had suffered from pleurisy, and also from sand pneumoconiosis which may have been responsible for his death.

External Links

The Two Brothers. (n.d.). Retrieved January 26, 2016, from two brothers.htm

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