| The Mysteries of KV55, Part 2 |
Along with the possible coffin of Akhenaten, KV55 has more artifacts in the tomb that, like the coffin, are still widely argued 110 years after the tomb’s discovery. Three mummies related to KV 55 were found in a mummy cache, and their identities are unknown. Most experts believe that one of them is Prince Thutmose, who predeceased his father Amenhotep III (and thus the throne passed on to Amenhotep IV, better known as Akhenaten), and others believe that it is Smenkhkare, Akhenaten’s successor. Egyptologists aren’t even certain who Smenkhkare was, and some think the coffin (previous post) belonged to him and not Akhenaten (thus how it is connected to KV 55). The mummy of Tiye, Akhenaten’s mother and Amenhotep III’s wife, (second & third pictures) has been confirmed through a DNA test. In Tutankhamun’s tomb, a lock of hair was found in a box that contained Tiye’s name. This matched up with the mummy of the Elder Lady (another way to refer to her mummy).
The Younger Lady’s (fourth picture) identity is still being debated. Egyptologist Joann Fletcher believes that this is the mummy of Nefertiti, wife of Akhenaten, and wrote a book on it called “The Search for Nefertiti”, although a lot of experts are not convinced. (This book is fantastically written! I recommend it to all of you. It is available at most libraries) In other words, identification and relationships are unknown.☀️ Happy Halloween! 👻🎃#egypt #ancientegypt #mummy #halloween #tiye #nefertiti #thutmose #akhenaten #amarnaperiod #egyptophile #egyptology #passion #scholar #study