Mummies in Puerto Rico
San Juan (2)
Universidad de Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
Museo de Historia, Anthropologia y Arte
Additional Link: A Visit to the Little Museum on Campus
Two human mummies donated by the Peabody Museum, Harvard
1. Male, discovered in 1875 at Saqqara.
Time period unknown. Unwrapped by the anthropologist Dr. Ricardo Alegria. Based on the type of embalming used, he is likely from a privileged social class, possibly an official in the royal house.
Name unknown. Osteopathological investigation places his age at about 90. There are lacerations at the base of the skull which are indicative of tuberculosis.
2. Female, discovered in 1879 at Saqqara.
She is in her original bandages. Tomography shows amulets throughout the bandages, as well as a papyrus roll between here legs. It has been suggested that she might be a noblewoman.
3. Cat mummy, Beni Hasan. Date unknown.
Eight to ten months of age at death. As with so many cat mummies, it is only partial. The pelvis, hind legs and tail are missing. There is a fracture in the vertebrae and the thorax, probably the cause of death. This cat possesses all the features of a pilgrim offering to the goddess Bastet