1770 (mummy)

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1770, otherwise known as Mummy 1770 or Mummy No. 1770, was that of a female Egyptian mummy which was approximately 13 or 14 at the time of death. The legs of the mummy were not present, and were replaced by wooden planks, and her feet consisted of sandals filled with mud and reeds, with the tips being substituted for toes. The fingernails and reed tips had golden coverings, which suggested that she lived in a wealthy family.[1]

Death[edit]

It was discovered that Mummy 1770 had a female guinea worm in her abdomen, which was thought to be a possible cause of death.[2][1] It is not known whether her legs were amputated because of this. It is known that mummy 1770 died a few weeks after her surgery.[3][1]

Facial Reconstruction[edit]

When the sarcophagus was unwrapped in 1975 by the Manchester Mummy team, including Dr. Rosalie David, believed they may be able to attempt a forensic facial reconstruction.[1] Her skull was incomplete and in many pieces, in order to reconstruct, the team put the skull together, made a plaster cast, and filled the gaps with wax. To create the face, wooden pegs were drilled into the cast, at the precise depth of tissue. Then wax was added to the cast over the pegs, slightly covering them. After the wax was added, glass eyes and a wig were added to the cast.[1] Mummy 1770 was reconstructed twice, one was the 1975 version, the other was a modified version, with darker skin and make up.[4]

External images
Original reconstruction
Second reconstruction

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Lauber, Patricia G. (1985). Tales Mummies Tell. Harper Collins. p. 128. ISBN 0690043899. 
  2. ^ "Under Wraps: Rosalie David in Conversation". Archaeology.org. 2001-02-06. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  3. ^ "mummies — Parasitic infestation, Bilharzia haematobium". Jrank.org. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  4. ^ "Practitioners in photocomparison, archaeological facial reconstruction and medical/medico-legal artwork". RN-DS Partnership. Retrieved 2010-06-25.