Mummy & Life of Takabuti w. Dr Rosalie David

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Takabuti was a woman believed to have lived in Thebes, Egypt, during the Twenty-fifth Dynasty. British Egyptologist, Emeritus Professor, Dr Rosalie David, The University of Manchester, joins the show to discuss the mummy and life of Takabuti.

Some topics explored

  • How Takabuti’s coffin and mummy found its way to Northern Ireland where it is today
  • Thebes (present day Lexcor), where she is believed to have lived, and the geopolitically environment of Egypt at that time
  • Her parents
  • The inscriptions that were found
  • What’s known about her name
  • What “natural mummification” is
  • What’s known about her life
  • Why Egyptians mummified people
  • What’s known or inferred about how she died
  • The first scholarly investigation of her mummy, and its unwrapping, in 1835
  • What’s speculated about how and why she was mummified following her death
  • What her and her family’s social status is believed to be and how scholars infer this
  • Her appellation “Lady (or Mistress) of the House” and why she was given that title
  • Takabuti grew her hair versus the other common practice in ancient Egyptian of shaving the head and wearing a wig
  • Her coffin was made of Cedar wood; the wood being imported in from
  • An ancient ritual conducted towards the dead and traditional beliefs about afterlife

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