The name "Annie" has been derived from the fact that she is an unidentifiable mummy from Ancient Egyptian times. The area on the sarcophagus that would normally be used to identify who the mummy is and some information about them is left blank and thus giving no indication as to the real identity behind this mummy. As well, she is normally housed in the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, but she is currently being toured around for several exhibits.
The reasoning behind this specific mummification is quiet interesting. In this ancient society, if one had died by drowning in the Nile river, they were viewed as sacred and thus needed to be preserved in a just manor. Annie had been buried in a red shroud which was commonly associated with priestly burials during this time. As well, her cartonnage burial mask features a gold leaf which also adds to the idea that she was granted a sacred burial and preservation.
The cartonnage case around the feet of the mummy revelled that she had been stored upright for some time as the sandals and the case itself had suffered some damage. However, a few repairs were made to the straps of the cartonnage and the nose of her face mask.
It is believed that this 17-year-old girl had drowned in the Nile river approximately 2,300 years ago. The society she was brought up in had deemed that if one were to die in the Nile river, that they became sacred and thus needed a decent burial, as the one Annie had been granted. From analysis, scientists claim that her body must have been in the water for quite some time as there was some decomposition that happened prior to undergoing the mummification process.
Although she is residing in America, it is unclear as to how many years she has actually been there for. History tells us that in the late 1800s, the Egyptian government sold several mummies from Akhmim to help fund the country's antiquities service. Thus it is believed that during this time she was sold to someone from North America who had brought her over. In 1903, the Academy of Natural Sciences had gained possession of her but she had been forgotten until the 1970s. Since 2009, Mimi Leveque, a conservator at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, has been working as a part of a conservation team to prepare Annie for her exhibit, which is currently called "Lost Egypt" at The Museum of Discovery and Science in Ft. Lauderdale.
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