Unter dem Siegel der Nekropole 3: Mummies of the Kings and Queens of Ancient Egypt
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Unter dem Siegel der Nekropole
Under the Seal of the Necropolis
Mummies of the Kings and Queens of Ancient Egypt
Anthropological list of royal remains from dynastic Egypt
A general observation is the fact that many of the burials of nobles and close members of the royal family are dated in the mid-18th Dynasty, in the reigns of the Kings Amenhotep II, Thutmosis IV and Amenhotep III.
The number of individuals from the Valley of the Kings, DB 320 and the Valley of the Queens are n= ca. 143 burials (including secondary 3rd Intermediate Period). The recent discovery of about 50 mummies in KV 40 gives a picture on the importance of Susanne Bickels excavation. The importance of the Valley of the Kings as burial place not only for Kings was recently discussed by Susanne Bickel (Bickel 2013a).
Some classic pattern is also the description: ‘The human remains were put aside for further medical examination’. Later often nothing is heard anymore and the whereabouts become unclear. Archaeological expeditions of the past often regarded human remains as “by-product” of little interest (Owens, Tucker, and Hassan 2009).
The research also revealed some rather bizarre stories: Mummy Cairo Museum JE 1604 from the New Kingdom was seized by the police (and safed) from the Secretary at the Fouad University, Shwaky Eff trying to burn the mummy because of superstitious reasons (aka “The Curse of the Mummies”) (Owens, Tucker, and Hassan 2009, 236–237).
According to Owens et al. 2009 many remains are handed over to the Qasr el-Aini Medical Faculty of the University of Cairo but never were studied in detail (Owens, Tucker, and Hassan 2009, 217–218).
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