| Sophie Luise von Kniestätt |
|Name(s)||Sophie Luise Von Kniestatt|
The mummies found here were naturally mummified. Despite the moisture in the crypt area, the bodies found had well preserved skin and muscle tissue.
Various researches at the University of Zurich conducted have shown that Sophie had degenerative alterations on the articular facets of the lower thoracic and lumbar spine. Researchers found that she was probably overweight.
Sophie was found to have died shortly after giving birth to her eighth child. After additional research of her joints, it was revealed that she had severe osteoarthritis. Furthermore, it was also found that Sophie had a very severe spine curvature as a result of extra vertebrae.
The mummy can be found in the crypt of the Sommersdorf Castle.
Alterauge A, Kellinghaus M, Jackowski C, et al. (2017) The Sommersdorf mummies—An interdisciplinary investigation on human remains from a 17th-19th century aristocratic crypt in southern Germany. 12(8) 1-36. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0183588