Meet Meritamun, the 18-year-old Egyptian mummy with a taste

Meet Meritamun, the 18-year-old Egyptian mummy with a taste

11/12/2021, 5:05:01 PM
Meet Meritamun, the 18-year-old Egyptian mummy with a taste for honey: Researchers reconstruct face of 'high status' sweet-toothed woman who lived 2,000 years ago A mummified Egyptian head sat largely unknown for nearly 100 years, preserved in the basement of a medical building – but now, researchers have restored the identity of the young woman who lived 2,000 years ago. It remains unclear how the mummified head first came to the University of Melbourne, but researchers are now working to find out more about the life and death of the ancient woman, including when she lived, what diseases she had, where she was from, and what she ate. Tooth decay in the ancient skull suggests she may have lived after 331 BCE, when sugar was introduced as a result of Alexander’s conquest of Egypt. But, they say honey could also have caused this condition, and the mummy could date as far back as 1500 BCE. As her real name was lost long ago, the team has decided to call her Meritamun, translating to ‘beloved of the god Amun.’ It was previously thought that the head may have decayed from the inside, meaning removal of the bandages could cause severe damages. But, the CT scans revealed this was not the case – the skull was found to be in ‘extraordinarily good condition. By Cheyenne Macdonald For Dailymail.com

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