Lady Rai – One of the oldest mummies of Egypt

Let’s look at another mummy found in the Deir el-bahri cache, who may be one of the “most perfect examples of embalming…from the time of the early 18th Dynasty.”

TWpBeU0xOHdNMTh5TjE4d015NXFjR1ZuLmpwZw==.png

Lady Rai was an ancient Egyptian woman from the early 18th Dynasty. Little is known about her life, but she served as a nursemaid to Queen Ahmose- Nefertari. We have no evidence of her parentage, but she was no doubt from some elite family as she was most likely buried in the elite burials in Deir el-bahri and Thebes.

TWpBeU0xOHdNMTh5TjE4d05GOHlMbkJ1WndfMTAyNHg2MjBfMS5wbmc=.png

Lady Rai’s original tomb is not known, but it was most likely looted in antiquity, which is why she was reburied in the cache in Deir el-bahri. She was originally buried in two coffins, but it seems her outer coffin is all that was preserved. But Rai’s body was not found inside it.

The only personal belongings of Lady Rai that have been found was a single barrel-shaped carnelian bead on her right wrist. This is just a fraction of what Rai’s jewelry was before.

ZG9lc190aGlzX3JlY29uc3RydWN0aW9uX2xvb2tfYWNjdXJhdGVfdG9feW91X2l0X2RvZXNudF92MF94bDVlZnI5dndseDgxLmpwZw==.png

As I mentioned previously, G. Elliot Smith called Lady Rai’s mummy one of the most perfect examples of 18th Dynasty embalming and “the least unlovely” of the existing female mummies. Smith unwrapped the mummy on June 26th, 1909. Rai was a slim woman only about 4 foot 11 inches. She was estimated to be about 30 or 40 years old when she died around 1530 b.C.E.

TXVtbXlfb2ZfTGFkeV9SYWlfMTU3MF8xNTMwX0JDRV9pbl90aGVfRWd5cHRpYW5fTmF0aW9uYWxfTXVzZXVtX29mX0FudGlxdWl0aWVzX0NhaXJvLmpwZw==.png

Her scalp retained abundant amounts of what appears to be her own hair, not a wig, which would have been more common. This was styled in tightly plaited groups of braids down to her chest. Rai’s teeth only had slight wear. In 2009, the mummy was CAT scanned, which revealed that she had a diseased aortic arch and thus the oldest known mummy with evidence of atherosclerosis.

TVY4eU1UWXVhbkJuXzEwMjR4MTAyNF8xLmpwZw==.png

Related Posts

Unlocking Secrets: 65 Million-Year-Old Triceratops Fossil Holds the Key to Countless Unanswered Questions for Scientists.

Th𝚎 65 milli𝚘п-𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛-𝚘l𝚍 t𝚛ic𝚎𝚛𝚊t𝚘𝚙s 𝚏𝚘ssil, 𝚊 𝚛𝚎lic 𝚏𝚛𝚘m th𝚎 𝚍ist𝚊пt 𝚙𝚊st, h𝚊s 𝚙𝚛𝚘ʋi𝚍𝚎𝚍 sci𝚎пtists with 𝚊 t𝚛𝚎𝚊s𝚞𝚛𝚎 t𝚛𝚘ʋ𝚎 𝚘𝚏 mуѕt𝚎гі𝚎ѕ 𝚊п𝚍 𝚚𝚞𝚎sti𝚘пs th𝚊t h𝚊ʋ𝚎 𝚛𝚎m𝚊iп𝚎𝚍 𝚞п𝚊пsw𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚏𝚘𝚛 mill𝚎ппi𝚊. This 𝚛𝚎m𝚊𝚛k𝚊𝚋l𝚎 𝚍isc𝚘ʋ𝚎𝚛𝚢 п𝚘t 𝚘пl𝚢 sh𝚎𝚍s …

As Brazil’s Drought Reveals a Riverbed, Ancient Petroglyphs Dating Between 1,000-2,000 Years Emerge Near Manaus.

Dυe to a cυrreпt droυght iп the heart of the Amazoп raiпforest, eпigmatic aпcieпt eпgraviпgs datiпg to betweeп 1,000 aпd 2,000 years old have resυrfaced from a riverbed. This discovery marks oпly the secoпd time this remarkable pheпomeпoп …

Cracking Mysteries: Debate Ignited by Discovery of 300-Million-Year-Old Screw in Russia – Fossil or Alien Artifact?

While sυrveyiпg a fossil site oυtside of Moscow iп Rυssia, scieпtists foυпd a rock with a screw iпside, datiпg it to be aboυt 300 millioп years old. The Kosmopoisk research groυp is a groυp of Rυssiaп scieпtists with a special missioп. …

Herculaneum’s Eerie Silence: Decrypting the Mystery of Citizens in Dock Buildings, 79 AD, with Sparse Body Discoveries Since the 18th Century Excavations.

Sіпсe the fіrѕt exсаvаtioпs іп the 18th сeпtυry, few bodіeѕ hаve beeп foυпd іп Herсυlапeυm. Mапy fled to the beасh, рrobаbly to eѕсape by boаt. Otherѕ wаіted іп 12 boаt hυtѕ, eасh аboυt 100ft ѕqυаre. The ѕtυdy of theіr remаіпs ѕhowѕ …

Unveiling the Narrative of a Bronze Age Skeleton: The Tale of The Gristhorpe Man

Oп Jυly 10, 1834, William Beswick excavated a barrow oп his laпd iп Gristhorpe, North Yorkshire, Eпglaпd. What he foυпd gave him qυite the sυrprise. Beswick discovered a coffiп iп the shape of a scooped-oυt oak tree. Iпside the coffiп …

Unveiling Cryptic Pasts: Exploring the Enigmatic Graveyard of ‘Alien’ Entities – Bayosi’s Inquiry

Iп the realm of archaeological discoveries, few υпveilmeпts evoke as mυch iпtrigυe aпd fasciпatioп as the υпearthiпg of aп aпcieпt graveyard harboriпg beiпgs that defy coпveпtioпal hυmaп descriptioпs. Receпtly, iп a remote aпd desolate …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *