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Nestawedjat
Human Mummy
Nestawedjat
Biographical Information
Name(s) Nestawedjat
Age 35–49 years
Sex Female
Status Married
Height 153 cm
Source
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 700-680 BC
Site
Current Location
Location British Museum
Catalog # EA22812,a

Nestawedjat's title was "the Lady of the House". Clues from her coffin suggest that it originated from the major religious centre of ancient Egypt, Thebes. It can be confirmed that her family was wealthy from her mummified body, as it used excellent techniques to ensure a careful mummification. She lived during the Third Intermediate Period of Egypt, c. 700-680 BCE

Mummification

After death, all of her internal organs were removed except the heart as it was believed to be the center of her intelligence and memory. It was then put into packages and placed between her legs. The body was covered with a thick layer of resin and wrapped in linen bandages before being buried in nesting coffins.

Studies

In 1851, her coffin was transferred to Europe where local surgeons were denied the request to unwrap the mummy. This was due to the fact that public unwrappings were not focused on advancing their knowledge of mummifications.


Pathology

She was probably between 35 and 49 years old at the time of her death, and she suffered from spinal lesions.

Additional

Nestawedjat was the daughter of Djedmutefankh and his wife Djedasetesankh. They were probably members of one of the influential families who held high office in the Theban temple hierarchies.

External Links

Jennifer, N. (2016, December 06). Mummy X-Rays Reconstruct Ancient Egyptian Lives | Conservation Lab. Retrieved October 30, 2017, from https://creators.vice.com/en_uk/article/53wnga/mummy-x-rays-reconstruct-ancient-egyptian-lives-conservation

The Mummies. (n.d.). Retrieved October 30, 2017, from https://maas.museum/event/egyptian-mummies-exploring-ancient-lives/meet-the-mummies/

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