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Queen Weret
Queen Weret
Sculpture of Queen Weret at the Louvre in France
Biographical Information
Name(s) Queen Weret
Age approx. late 70's
Sex Female
Status Queen of Egypt, wife of Sesostris III
Height approx. 156 cm.
Source
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) approx. 1880 B.C.
Site unknown
Current Location
Location Dahshur
Catalog # unknown
The mummy of Queen Weret was found in Dahshur in an expedition by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1995. The excavation was long and carefully carried out because of the fragility of her remains.

Queen Weret was one of two queens named "Weret" in Egypt in The Twelfth Dynasty, approximately 1880 B.C. Queen Weret was the daughter of a Pharaoh as well as the wife of Pharaoh Sesostris III. It is estimated that she died in her late 70's.

Mummification

After Weret died she was placed in her tomb, lying on her left side, which was a traditional Middle Kingdom position for burial. Her partial skeletal remains, however, show that she was handled roughly, suggesting a possible interference by tomb robbers that looted jewellery. Because tomb robbing was common, it is difficult to find full mummies of kings and queens of the Middle Kingdom.

Studies

Weret's mummy was carefully studied. The bones on her left side were fully intact, and their long and slender shape were an indication that she was not physically active in her life. Her full skull was also intact, with the remains of her brain inside it. Eleven of her teeth were present.

Pathology

There is evidence in her bones that Weret suffered from osteoporosis. It was also evident through her teeth that she suffered from a dental disease. Through her life she lost at least five of her teeth due to disease.

External Links

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/daqp/hd_daqp.htm

References

Brier, B. & Zimmerman, M. (2000). The Remains of Queen Weret. Chungara: Revisit de Antropologia Chilena, 32(1), 23-26. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.libaccess.lib.mcmaster.ca/stable/pdf/27802109.pdf

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