Sheryet was purchased in Cairo in 1896 by Dr. T. T. Eaton and given to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1906 by Mrs. J. Lawrence Smith.
Sheryet-Mehyet(nicknamed "Sheri") means "child of the goddess Mehyet". Sheryet was a Egyptian Priestess who lived around 700 BC. She is thought to have died from natural causes around her late 50s.
Sheryet was wrapped and placed in a sarcophagus. The sarcophagus had hieroglyphs which told of Sheryet's identity and that was what was used to learn her name and that she was a priestess.
The sarcophagus was studied and most hieroglyphs were identified which led to understanding who was in the sarcophagus.
Sheryet was found to have died of natural causes
Sheryet was purchased in Cairo in 1896 by Dr. T. T. Eaton and given to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1906 by Mrs. J. Lawrence Smith. Sheryet remained almost untouched there for around 120 years. It is said that over the time the mummy was at the seminary it had been stored in closets, professors' offices and even in the cafeteria.
Stevens, A. (2016, August 02). Sheryet-Mehyet: Southern Seminary's Skeleton In The Closet. Retrieved March 18, 2017, from http://wfpl.org/sheryet-mehyet-southern-seminarys-skeleton-closet/