|Name(s)||Persian Princess, Rhodugune|
|Date(s)||Died around 1996|
|Location||National Museum of Pakistan|
The Persian Princess was discovered in Pakistani Baluchistan in November of 2000. Her body was encased in a wooden coffin, with an inscription that read ""I am the daughter of the great King Xerxes, I am Rhodugune." The body of the alleged 2600 year-old princess was dressed with golden artifacts. The mummy has been questioned, as it was part of the black market and was up for sale for 11 million dollars. Despite the elaborate tale of it being a princess, the body was actually discovered to be that of a girl who was killed and mummified no more than 2 years prior to the discovery. She had suffered a fatal blow to the neck which has been investigated.
The Persian Princess was mummified to mock the Ancient Egyptian Burial style. Her remains were discovered laying on top of a mat coated with wax and honey covered by stone and inscriptions. Her organs were completely removed and the body cavity was filled with white powder. Although not an ancient mummy, it is the body of a recently mummified being.
A CT scan performed at the Karachi's Aga Khan Hospital determined that this was indeed the body of a recent woman who died at the age of 21-25. Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization (CHO) examined the body and found various findings. It was then declared a fake.
November 2000 - Discovered the mummy. Performed a CT scan to determine cause of death. Found it was a women of the age of 21-25.
January 2001 - Announced to be of Iranian origin and also announced a fake.
April 2001 - Declared a fraud and a potential murder victim