For 150 years, the management of the Australian University thought that the coffin on their display was empty, but it was not. The coffin was brought from Egypt by Sir Charles Nicholson in the 1850’s and was bequeathed to the university. Along with the coffin, he also donated hundreds of other items to the University of Sydney. According to university records, the coffin was empty or full of rubbish.
The coffin lay in the Nicholson Museum’s education room for a long time.
It was not given much importance because of the other important coffins there.
A recent team of experts inspected the coffin and found that it contained the remains of a distinguished woman, identified as Mer-Neith-it-es from the inscription on the coffin.
Experts believe that this woman worked as a nun in the temple of Sekhmet in 600 BC.
Dr. Fraser, director of the Knuckles Museum, called the discovery “extraordinary.”
From the bones of this mummy, experts will find answers to important questions about the diet, diseases and lifestyle of the people of this age.