Researchers from the Qubbet El-Hawa Project directed by the University of Jaén (UJA) in Aswan (Egypt) have found remains of a gynecological treatment carried out at a woman who died around 1800 BC.
The woman, named Sattjeni, belonged to the privileged class of the ancient city of Elephantine and between her legs, originally bandaged, a ceramic bowl with burned remains was found, according to the UJA in a statement.
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 University of Jaén project, and confirmed that the woman had suffered a traumatic injury to your pelvis, perhaps caused by a fall, which had to cause severe pain.
“These types of treatments were described in contemporary medical papyri and, until now, there was no evidence that they were carried out”
It is very likely that, to alleviate these pains, the woman was treated with fumigations, as the medical papyri of the time describe to solve gynecological problems.
For the doctor in Egyptology at the UJA Alejandro Jiménez, director of the Qubbet el-Hawa Project, the most interesting thing about the discovery “is not only the documentation of a palliative gynecological treatment, something that is unique in Egyptian archeology, but this type of fumigation treatments were described in contemporary medical papyri and, until now, there was no evidence that they were carried out. “
This work has been published by one of the most prestigious Egyptology journals, Journal of Egyptian Language and Classical Studies.
The University of Jaén has excavated in this necropolis since 2008 and focuses on the tombs of the governors of the Egyptian border province with Nubia during the 12th Dynasty. Since its inception, archaeological works of the UJA in Egypt, funded by the Ministry of Science and Research, by the Gaselec and Palarq Foundations, the Calderón Group and the Spanish Association of Egyptology, have reaped numerous discoveries.