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Burial assemblage of the lady Henutmehyt


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A rich assemblage of goods were found in Thebes most likely dating to the 19th Dynasty, probably within the reign of Ramesses II (1279-1213BC). The inscriptions read Henutmehyt 'Lady of the House (i.e. married woman) and Chantress of Amen-Ra in the temple of Karnak. A common title but the fine craftsmanship and gilding of the coffins indicate she was of very high status. The surviving fragments of her mummy suggest she was 159m in height with reddish brown hair, studies also suggest she suffered from lung illnesses and was fairly elderly when she died. Picture taken at the British Museum January 2007.

28th Jan 2007 by Diane Earl

Biology, History, Religious Education, Science

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Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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