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
Listen to the episode
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- Emeritus Professor David is co-editor of the book Life and Times of Takabuti in Ancient Egypt: Investigating the Belfast Mummy (Liverpool University Press, 2021)
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