Durban’s mummy is finally going to Egypt!

Durban’s mummy is finally going to Egypt!

From coastal metropolis to ancestral land...

Durban’s mummy is finally going to Egypt!
Durban’s mummy is finally going to Egypt!/ ECR

In the suburban city of Durban, there lies a relic. 

High Priest, Peten-Amun (Ptn-'Imn), has called our very own Durban Natural Museum home for the past century. The mummy was acquired by the Durban Natural Science Museum somewhere between 1889 and 1910.

In recent news, eThekwini Municipality is expected to repatriate Peten-Amun (Ptn-'Imn) to Egypt. 

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As per the museum records, the Durban Natural Science Museum acquired the mummy between 1889 and 1910 from Major William Joseph Myers, a British army officer who had spent five years in Egypt. The mummy is believed to be Peten-Amun (Ptn-'Imn), identified as a minor priest thought to have passed away around the age of 60.

Durban mummy 4
Durban mummy 4/ ECR

IOL shares: 'According to an article published by the Egyptian Society of South Africa in November 1984, the mummy in Durban was X-rayed. A mystery surrounds several missing bones: femur and tibia (left leg), patellae (left and right knee caps), and feet (left and right). All these bones were replaced by false structures, possibly made of wood and linen stuffing, within the wrappings.'

Durban mummy 3
Durban mummy 3/ ECR

This mummy is known to be one of three recorded ancient mummies in South Africa. We wish Peten-Amun a safe journey to his rightful resting place in North Africa. 

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Discover KZN’s majestic creatures at the Durban Natural Science Museum

Step into a world of nature, creatures, and beauty captured in time at the Durban Natural Science Museum.

This place is more than a museum, it is one of KZN's greatest institutions. This museum is the most utilized natural science museum in the country, and rightly so; it boasts some of the most diverse fauna and flora in the world. 

Nestled in the heart of Durban City Hall, you can find this haven for inquisitive minds. 


1st Floor, Durban City Hall, Smith Street, Durban.


Monday to Saturday from 08h30 to 15h45.
Sunday 11h00-15h45

Contact the museum to find out more 031 311 2256


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