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Neskhons, at about age 30, died in ca. 973 BC, near the end of the reign of her husband Pinedjem II (990-969 BC), High Priest of Amun in Thebes. Her remains were found, along with those of others buried in Cache DB-320, by Brugsch and Maspero in 1881. Neskhons lay within one of the two original coffins of her burial, which was intact. The other (outer) coffin had been later taken and used for the mummy of Ramesses IX.While Neskhons' mummy was partly unwrapped by Maspero in 1886, it was not fully studied until 1906 by Grafton Eliot Smith. Smith (1912) could not determine her age at death with precision, but based a lack of gray hair, he estimated her to be about 30. Her stomach appeared swollen, leading Smith to believe Neskhons had been pregnant or else had died in childbirth.
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