Human Remains; Mummy of Taenty card

Human Remains; Mummy of Taenty

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The mummified remains of Ta-enty were X-rayed in 1967 and CT-scanned on 11 March 2017. The wear on the tooth crowns indicates that Ta-enty was of at least middle age when she died (30 years old was the typical life expectancy for adult females at the time). Her mummy was wrapped in linen cloth that had previously been used as clothing or bed sheets. CT scans have shown that after mummification her skull was crushed and dislodged teeth scattered in her body. Damage like this is unusual and we are uncertain when it occurred but this may have been during the Second World War when collections were damaged in a fire and subsequent evacuation to temporary accomodation. Ta-enty's intact tomb was found during John Garstang's excavations at Kostamneh (Nubia) in 1906. The rock cut tomb was given the number 200K. II 06. It is now lost beneath the waters of Lake Nasser. John Garstang describes the discovery in his handwritten report to the excavation committee: “To the north of the chief necropolis were a few tombs of pure Egyptian character of the New Empire, probably the graves of the officials concerned in the governing of this site. The above shows the door of the tomb built up with stones: upon removing these there was seen the rather good mummy case of one “Antï”, and excellent mummy within which has not bee disturbed in any way. Date about XX Dyn.”