The Rhind Mummy

I told you I was ill

More than 150 years after a 24-year-old Scottish Egyptologist, shipped back what has come to be known as the ‘Rhind Mummy,’ an Edinburgh University team of radiologists and forensic pathologists have CAT scanned the wrapped body. They have identified the remains as those of a 2,000-year-old Egyptian woman, aged 25-29, with a plate of metal, probably solid gold, in the shape of a flying scarab, placed on her skull.

Reflecting on the remarkable preservation, the following was reported this weekend in ‘Scotland on Sunday’:

‘Even her teeth appear to be in remarkably good condition, although there are some signs of disease, suggesting she may have suffered from toothache.

Jim Tate, head of conservation and analytical research at the National Museum of Scotland (NMS), said:

“Apart from being dead, she was in good health.”

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