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Persian Princess
Persian
Biographical Information
Name(s) Persian Princess, Rhodugune
Age 21-25
Sex Female
Status Unknown
Height
Source
Culture Unknown
Date(s) Died around 1996
Site
Current Location
Location National Museum of Pakistan
Catalog #
The Persian Princess was discovered in Pakistani Baluchistan in November of 2000. Her body was encased in a wooden coffin, with an inscription that read "I am the daughter of the great King Xerxes, I am Rhodugune." The body was dressed with golden artifacts. The mummy authenticity has been questioned, as it was part of the black market and was up for sale for 11 million dollars. Despite the elaborate tale of it being a princess, the body was actually discovered to be that of a girl who was killed and mummified no more than two years prior to the discovery. She had suffered a fatal blow to the neck which has been investigated.

Mummification

The Persian Princess was mummified in mimicry the Ancient Egyptian burial style. Her remains were discovered lying on top of a mat coated with wax and honey covered by stone and inscriptions. Her organs were completely removed and the body cavity was filled with white powder. Not an ancient mummy, it is the body of a recently mummified possible murder victim.

Studies

A CT scan performed at the Karachi's Aga Khan Hospital determined that this was indeed the body of a recent woman who died at the age of 21-25. Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization (CHO) examined the mummy, it was then declared a fake.

Pathology

Additional

November 2000 - Discovered the mummy. Performed a CT scan to determine cause of death. Found it was a women of the age of 21-25.

January 2001 - Announced to be of Iranian origin and also announced a fake.

April 2001 - Declared a fraud and a potential murder victim

External Links

http://archive.archaeology.org/0101/etc/persia.html

References

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