#BREAKING: Mummy Found In University of Sydney Storeroom
WORDS BY BIANKA FARMAKIS
A 2500 year-old mummy was discovered in a Sydney University storeroom, after being discarded as a rubbish-filled coffin for 150 years, a number of news sources have reported this morning.
After numerous tests conducted by Sydney University archaeologists, the sarcophagus was discovered to be that of Priestess Mer-Neith-ites, a daughter of influential priest Sema-taxi-irdisu, responsible for conducting religious rituals in the Saite Dynasty.
For the non ancient history buffs among us, it means she's very old, very important, and more royal than Megan Markle will ever be.
Sydney University Egyptologist, Dr Connie Lord was 'speechless in amazement' among her colleagues, with their discovery now having the world of archaeology buzzing.
Contrary to the destructive process of tomb raids, poor conservation practices and hardazous shipping conditions to Australia, the female mummy remains intact and suitable for research purposes.
For what was thought to be merely a ‘replacement mummy’ stuffed into a coffin for novelty sale in the 19th Century, is now one of the four mummies owned by the University of Sydney’s Nicholson Museum.
Protected by a cedarwood sarcophagus, engraved with hieroglyphics that pay tribute to Sekhmet, the lion-headed warrior goddess, the mummy has been subject to CTI scans for historical research.
Stay tuned for more news as Pulp chats to the University on the future of the mummy.