A surprising fact about the University of Richmond’s Department of Classical Studies is that its Gallery of the Ancient World is home to a 2700 year old Egyptian mummy, Ti Ameny Net.

Ti Ameny Net (or Djai Ameni Niwet according to the latest transcription), along with her sarcophagus, has been a resident of the University of Richmond and a piece of campus folklore since 1876 when Dr. Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry, a professor of Richmond College, brought the mummy back from an excursion to Egypt.

Her history is long and eventful. Buried in Egypt between 950 and 730 BCE and exhumed in the second half of the 19th century, the mummy traveled to Richmond via Philadelphia's Centennial Exposition. Over the years, Egyptologists have conducted analyses of her bone structure and sarcophagus, including its intricate hieroglyphics.