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Mummy of Pedeamun

Pedeamun was recorded as a doorkeeper of the temple of Amun at Thebes in ancient Egypt. His mummy is about 2,500 to 2,600 years old. 

Pedeamun’s outer coffins were destroyed in 1941 when Liverpool was bombed. The mummy has a small burn and water staining, which may date from this time. Two colours of linen are used for the wrappings, a reddish brown linen lying under the outer bandages of lighter bleached linen, and all the wrappings are now fragile. 

In the past mummies were investigated by unwrapping them. However, this process can destroy valuable information and the mummy can never be re-wrapped exactly as it was.

 Ancient Egyptian mummy in hospital scanner

A mummy being unwrapped in the 1900s and a recent photo of Pedeamun being scanned

One of the newest investigative techniques is CT (Computerised Tomography) scanning. The object is x-rayed many times and a computer can build up an image as either a cross-section or a 3D picture. The x-rays can reveal details of soft materials as well as solid features like bones. The mummy of Pedeamun has recently been examined using CT scanning.

X-ray image of the mummy's head from the side X-ray image of the mummy's head X-ray image of the mummy's chest X-ray image of the mummy's abdomen X-ray image of the mummy's hands and upper legs X-ray image of the mummy's legs

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Alternative spellings

The name Pedeamun can also be written as Padiamun since there is no definitive spelling of this ancient name. The transliteration from hieroglyphs to Roman script is is p'di'mn. Different Egyptologists vary with their spellings for this and other personal and place names.

Visitors to World Museum Liverpool's Ancient Egypt gallery can see the coffin of a mummy called Padiamun, the alternative spelling of Pedeamun. Although they share the same name they are actually completely different mummies, as it was a popular name in Ancient Egypt.

Further information

Accession number M14003