1700 Year Old Heartless Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Theban Female
Age 30~50
Sex Female
Status High Class Citizen
Height Unkown
Culture Roman controlled Egypt
Date(s) Around 300 AD
Site Thebes, Egypt
Current Location
Location McGill University's Redpath Museum
Catalog # RM2717


The unknown mummy lived around 300 AD, a time where Egypt was being controlled by Rome and mummification ritual was in decline. Her family decided to mummify her according to Egyptian tradition when she died despite the decline in such cultural tradition.


To remove her organs, the embalmers created a hole through her perineum and removed her intestines, stomach, liver and even her heart. Her brain, however, was left intact. Spices and lichen were spread over her head and abdomen, and she was wrapped and presumably put in a coffin. Before the embalmers were finished they filled the hole in the perineum with linen and resin. They also put two thin plaques similar to cartonnage (a plastered material) on her skin above her sternum and abdomen, something that may have been intended to ritually heal the damage the embalmers had done and act as a replacement, of sorts, for her removed heart.


Like many Egyptians, she had terrible dental problems and had lost many of her teeth.

Presence of spices and lichen on the head were first found in the 19th century when the head was unwrapped. The CT scans revealed that they are likely also located on the mummy's abdomen, a determination aided by this unwrapping.


Unknown, possibly natural causes.

Additional InfoEdit

Currently resides in Redpath Museum at McGill University, Montreal.

External LinksEdit

Jarus, O. (2014, April 06). Ancient Egyptian Mummy Found With Brain, No Heart. Retrieved from

Jarus, O. (2014, April 06). Photos: 1,700-Year-Old Egyptian Mummy Revealed. Retrieved from

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