Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Ta-Kush
Age 25+
Sex Female
Status The Lady of the house, daughter of God of the afterlife Osiris
Height Unknown
Culture Ancient Egypt
Date(s) c.700-650BC
Site Unknown
Current Location
Location Maidtsone Museum
Catalog #

The mummy was brought to England in the 1820s, originally it had an inner and outer coffin, but only the inner wooden coffin reached the museum in the 19th century. In 1843, she was unwrapped and studied by Samuel Birch of the British Museum, and a local doctor.


The scan revealed that her teeth were well-worn with loss of enamel and cavities, abscesses in the jaw and fully erupted wisdom teeth.

CT scan of the mummy's face
Scans showed evidence of a wedge fracture in one of her vertebrae, which is seen in patients suffering a downward impact, such as a fall or landing upright, but also shows signs of healing, indicating Ta-Kush could have been living with this injury.


In 2016, Ta-Kush underwent a CT scan. Ta-Kush was originally thought to be 14-years old when she died. However, after being analyzed with a CT scan findings revealed that she was at least in her mid-twenties, probably much older.

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