Teshemmin was a woman who lived in ancient Egypt during the Ptolemaic period, approximately 51-30 BC. According to inscriptions on her tomb, she was the daughter of a priest. This made her a member of the upper echelons of ancient Egyptian society. Teshemmin was brought to the University Museum of Bergen in 1828.
Teshemmin was mummified after her death at an old age. She was covered with resin and then wrapped with fragments of linen. She was mummified wearing a tunic.
CT scans were conducted on Teshemmin's remains in 2009 at the Haukeland University Hospital. Upon opening her tomb, researchers saw that some of textiles used to cover her body were damaged. There was also significant damage in her face, where there seemed to be a mask previously. This indicated that theft may have occurred which resulted in the removal of valuables from her tomb.
PathologyThe CT scan results showed that Teshemmin suffered from great amount of joint pain throughout her life. Furthermore, it was found that she had a hunched back and several bone fractures that did not heal properly. The fractures were located below her left knee and she had been suffering from these fractures for a long time. The CT scan results also indicated that Teshemmin had signs of skeletal disease which may have been due to an unbalanced diet.
CT scan results near her face showed that she was almost toothless, she only had one tooth remaining in its socket.
More information regarding Teshemmin can be obtained through this University Museum of Bergen educational video: http://folk.uib.no/hmikk/Personlig/mummie_en.html.
References and External Links
1. Christoffersen, J. F. (2013). Forskere vil finne ut hvordan 4000-åringen levde, spiste og døde, ved hjelp av moderne teknologi. TV 2. Retrieved from http://www.tv2.no/a/3979873/
2. University Museum of Bergen Video: http://folk.uib.no/hmikk/Personlig/mummie_en.html