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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mummies! (Of Usurpers, Head Wounds, & Old Dudes)

I'm pretty much up to my eyeballs in ancient Egypt right now so I thought I'd post about my favorite Egyptian mummies, some of whom are familiar, and others not so much. (Also, I showed these to my six-year-old daughter. I think it says something that she only shrugs when I show her mummy pictures these days).

 1.  Hatshepsut: (Did you really expect someone else for #1?) Hatshepsut's mummy was recently "discovered" after a tooth found in a box marked with her name was matched up with a female mummy missing the exact same tooth. My favorite Egyptian was around fifty at the time she died, obese, and battling arthritis, bone tumors, and bad teeth. (Hey, it's not easy being pharaoh).



2. Seqenenre Tao II: This guy was the first to try to shove the vile Hyksos out of Egypt at the advent of the New Kingdom. He failed, but his sons finished the job, ushering in Egypt's Golden Age. Also, he presumably died on the battle field after taking an axe to the head. (His mummy is none too pretty, but the wounds are marked in the picture. Ouch.)



3. Ramesses II: Good old Ramesses II really was old when he died, right around 90ish years old. (He outlived many of his kids so it was actually his thirteenth son who succeeded him). His hair bears traces of henna and his mummy is in pretty amazing condition. However, in the 1970's, Egyptologists realized his mummy was deteriorating (it had an infestation of fungus) and flew it to Paris for conservation. FUN FACT: He was issued an Egyptian passport listing his occupation as "King (deceased)" and received in Paris with full military honors.

27 comments:

Donna Hole said...

LOL; a mummy with a passport. How fun.

.....dhole

Stephanie Thornton said...

Donna--I know! Somehow I think Ramesses would have appreciated that.

storyqueen said...

Gee, feel kinda bad for the one with the head wound...

Thanks for the Sunday Night Mummy Showcase! (Hopefully I won't have nightmares:)

Shelley

Stephanie Thornton said...

Shelley--At least the head wound would have been a fast way to go, right? And the Sunday Night Mummy Showcase sounds like something that should be a regular feature!

L.G. Smith said...

Such an odd thing to look at a person's mummified corpse. But so cool for science and history nuts!

Lydia Kang said...

A passport? Wow, that's kind of funny. I think mummies are so fascinating and horrifying at the same time! I used to pore over books on how to mummify and Egyptian.

Julie Dao said...

That is so darn cool. Look at the gashes on that poor guy's face in image #2!

Amalia T. Dillin said...

Okay, that is cool, actually, that he got a passport and was received with honors -- *really* cool.

Debra Giuffrida said...

Funny how the nurse's mummy was thought to have been Hattie for so many years. Thanks for posting this Steph!

Mark Noce said...

It's amazing to think how long some of these mummies lay entombed before being rediscovered. It always reminds me of my favorite Poirot mystery about Egyptian tombs:)

Jemi Fraser said...

That passport fact is so funny!
I heard something on the news about Hatshepsut and thanks to you I knew who she was! :)

vbtremper said...

I can always count on you for an amazing diversion. LOL!

-Vicki

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