Mysterious mummy's death examined
Researchers from York University and Hancock Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne are studying autopsy results of an Egyptian mummy to learn the cause of her death and also the types of diseases prevalent in her era. From n-e-life:
Estimated to be aged between 30 and 40 years old she was first unwrapped during an autopsy in 1830 by three local doctors who removed 22.5 kg of bandages from her. The autopsy did not find any conclusive evidence as to why she died. It is this unique mystery which was investigated by Dr Joann Fletcher, Dr Stephen Buckley, a biochemist researching mummification techniques and the Hancock Museum's own Egyptologist Gillian Scott. Irt Irw was brought to France by Baron Denon, the first Director of the Louvre. She was then sold at auction in 1825 and purchased by John Bowes Wright of Northumberland before being given to the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society in 1826.The Hancock Museum currently has an exhibit on ancient Egypt in conjunction with the British Museum.