At this time, she was given a full CT scan at the nearby Mercy Ascot Hospital. She was their oldest patient by far. This scan yielded a wealth of information discussed in detail in John Dennison’s article published in the Records of the Auckland Museum.3
It was established that she was wrapped in a single linen cloth knotted under her neck, and tightly bound with linen bandages in an intricate and neat pattern. Her heart and lungs were still visible in place in her chest cavity, and it could be seen that her abdominal cavity had been packed but no sign of an incision for evisceration was apparent.
By examining features of her pelvis visible in the CT scan, her age at death was refined to between 27 and 35 years old. Although her computer measured height was 145cm, using the length of her left femur, her height while she was alive was calculated to have been 156cm tall, allowing for dehydration and shrinkage. Assuming a normal weight range, her weight was predicted to have been between 43.2kg and 52.3kg.
Her long bones revealed no signs of childhood illnesses; however, the scan did show that she had very worn teeth, poor oral health (probable abscesses) and an inflamed nasal membrane. She also had a (non-Hodgkin) lymphoma which would have caused low immunity and poor general health. There is no doubt she “was not a well woman at the time of her death.”4
Images courtesy of Mercy Radiology