Researchers from the Qubbet El-Hawa Project in Aswan, Egypt, found remains of a gynecological treatment in a woman who would have died around the 1800 BC. According to estimates, it would be a palliative intervention to relieve pain caused by a traumatic injury to the pelvis.
According to a statement from the University of Jaén (UJA), which directs the project, the woman, named Sattjeni, belonged to the privileged class of the ancient city of Elephantine.
Between his legs, originally bandaged, was found a ceramic bowl with burned remains. The analysis of the skeletal remains, buried in the necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa, was carried out by a team of anthropologists from the University of Granada, which collaborates with the UJA project.
According confirmed that study, Sattjeni would have suffered a traumatic injury to his pelvisPerhaps caused by a fall, which would have caused him great pain. To calm them down, the woman may have been treated with fumigations, a detailed treatment in the medical papyri of the time to solve gynecological problems.
The most interesting thing about the discovery, said the doctor in Egyptology of the UJA Alejandro Jiménez, director of the Qubbet el-Hawa Project, “is not only the documentation of a palliative gynecological treatment, something that in itself is unique in Egyptian archeology, but what these types of spraying treatments were described in contemporary medical papyri and, until now, there was no evidence that they were carried out“.
The University of Jaén has excavated in this necropolis since 2008 and focuses its work on the tombs of the governors of the Egyptian border province with Nubia during the 12th Dynasty. This research, which represents a great first for the universe of archeology, was published in one of the most prestigious journals in Egyptology, “Zeitschrift für ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde”.