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Neskhons
Human Mummy
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Biographical Information
Name(s) Neskhons (Nes-Khons)
Age around 30 years old at death
Sex Female
Status Noble, wife of high priest
Height Unknown
Source
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) ca. 1003-973 BC, discovered around 1860
Site Tomb DB320
Current Location
Location Cairo Museum
Catalog # CG61095

BiographyEdit

Neskhons was the second wife of Theban High Priest Pinodjem II and appears to have died young.

MummificationEdit

Neskhons was mummified in a similar process to Ramses II and stored in the DB320 tomb, a Theban necroplis locate Deir el-Bahri, which contained the mummified remains of over 50 kings, queens, royals, a nobles.

Neskhons was buried with an Osiris-type shroud and a heart scarab. Numerous grave goods were also present near her mummy, such as copper vessels, baskets, a shabti box, an Osiris figure, a papyrus, and four canopic containers with lids depicting the Four Sons of Horus.

StudiesEdit

The mummy of Neskhons was discovered around 1860, and partially unwrapped by Gaston Maspero on June 27, 1886. It was not fully unwrapped and studied until 1906 by G.E. Smith. Smith discovered flowers of an unidentified family near her feet, wrapped around her big toes and ankles. Smith could not determine an age at death, but concluded that Neskhons had a premature death due to lack of gray hairs. Smith also noted the swollen appearance of her stomach and concluded Neskhons had been pregnant or was in the process of giving birth when she died.

PathologyEdit

No confirmed cause of death, though G.E. Smith's findings mentioned above indicate a possible death during childbirth.

Additional InfoEdit

Neskhons's coffin was originally made for a woman named Isiemkheb. Nevertheless, the coffin was appropriated for the use of Neskhons. Upon discovery, it was noted that the coffin sustained damage from tomb pillaging, with gilded hands and faces removed.

ReferencesEdit

21st Dynasty Theban Royal Mummies from DB320. (n.d.). Retrieved January 08, 2017, from http://anubis4_2000.tripod.com/mummypages1/21B.htm

Klimczak, N. (2016, January 17). DB320 - Uncovering the Impressive Cache of Hidden Pharaohs. Retrieved January 08, 2017, from http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-africa/db320-uncovering-impressive-cache-hidden-pharaohs-005190

Neskhons Coffin. (n.d.). Retrieved January 08, 2017, from http://anubis4_2000.tripod.com/mummypages1/DB320Coffins/NeskhonsCoffin.htm

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