About this object

Human skull with lower mandible in two pieces, one held together with tape, plaster fill on the other section; some loose fragments; teeth are broken; discoloured in places and has surface dirt. From Armant grave no. 1487.

Dr A. J. E. Cave, Assistant Conservator of the Royal College of Surgeons made this observation (in about 1932): "Skull of an adult aged about 40 - 50 years, thought to be male, free from any pathological trait. Marked brachycephaly; squarish orbits, horizontally disposed; high nasal bridge; full complement of teeth in both jaws, and all, save the third molars, very severely worn, due to admixture of grit (sand) in the food. Mandible with wide and stout ascending ramus at right angles to the body of the bone".

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Armant
  • Date made
    4500 BC - 3100 BC about
  • Materials
    Bone Human; Plaster
  • Location
    Item currently on loan
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Armant
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    160 mm x 150 mm
  • Note
    Possibly ex Wellcome Historical Medical Museum accession number 153491 (record card missing).
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society ( Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • Cemeteries of Armant (2 vols)

    Mond, Robert Sir; Humphrys Myers, Oliver

    Author: Mond, Robert Sir; Humphrys Myers, Oliver
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1937


Previous owners

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