Raiders of KV 46! How thorough were the robbers who plundered the tomb of
Yuya and Tuyu? How many times was the tomb robbed, and what were the thieves
after? This study of post interment activity in KV 46 provides some answers.
Special KV 55 Section!
Follow the trail of the missing treasures from mysterious KV 55.
Special Section! An
Audience With Amenophis II Journey
once more with Pierre Loti as he explores the shadowy chambers of KV 35 in the
Most of the images on this website have been
scanned from books, all of which are given explicit credit and, wherever
possible, a link to a dealer where they may be purchased. Some images derive
from other websites. These websites are also acknowledged in writing and by
being given a link, either to the page or file where the images appear, or to
the main page of the source website. Images forwarded to me by individuals who
do not supply the original image source are credited to the sender. All written
material deriving from other sources is explicitly credited to its author.
Feel free to use material from the Theban Royal Mummy Project website.
No prior written permission is required. Just please follow the same guidelines
which I employ when using the works of other researchers, and give the Theban
Royal Mummy Project propercredit on your own papers, articles, or
This website is constantly developing and contributions
of data from other researchers are welcomed.
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Background Image: Wall scene from the tomb of Ramesses II (KV 7.) From Karl
Richard Lepsius, Denkmäler (Berlin: 1849-1859.)
Go to Michail Bogdanov's Belorussian translation of
page by clicking here.
Special Features Added:
The Coffins of DB 320
Links to new
images of mummies and burial equipment, gathered from various sources
are being added, where appropriate, to various entries throughout our
galleries. One major source
for these new images is provided by the Center for Egyptological
Studies of the Russian Academy
of Sciences (CESRAS) which
maintains an extensive online photo gallery of objects discovered in DB
320. CESRAS has also posted some large photographic plates from
Georges Daressy's classic work, Cercueils des cachettes royales
(Cairo, 1909) which I now provide in order to enable researchers to get
good, clear images of some of the coffins found in DB 320. Links to pages
incorporating this new material may be found with the other basic data
about the particular mummy in the heading of its entry. For convenience,
you may also use the links below to see the new coffin pages that have
been completed so far:
Pages devoted to other coffins will
be added over time.
Links are also provided in many of the entries to the
excellent mummy image collection at the
Eternal Egypt website, which employs a special zoom feature that
allows close up examinations of the images. And there are also some other high quality images of
certain mummies taken by
various photographers and posted on Flickr to which I now provide links,
providing that the mummies shown are identifiable. Included among this
Flickr material is the short video clip (shown below) taken in the
Royal Mummy Room at the Egyptian Museum.
As always, explicit
credit is given for the sources of this new photographic material.
am also in the process of
checking for broken links and repairing these whenever discovered. If you
find any broken links, write to me
at firstname.lastname@example.org. And
I am slowly moving the Special Exhibits devoted to Unknown Man E,
KV 35, and Maihirpre's tomb from Yahoo (with its irritating side-panel
pop-up) to my ad-free Tripod server.
In recent years, announcements on the part of the Supreme
Council of Antiquities concerning the identification of the Niagara Falls
mummy as Ramesses I and the KV 60 mummy as Hatshepsut have caused a lot of
interest in these (and all other) Egyptian mummies. Online searches for
these two mummies in particular have skyrocketed and, in order to
facilitate such online research, I have employed the official
identifications of these mummies, as they are currently being reported by
the SCA, throughout this website. You will now find the KV 60 mummy moved
into the 18'th Dynasty Galleries, and the Niagara Falls mummy remains in
the 19'th Dynasty Gallery. This does not, however, imply that I
unreservedly accept the current identifications as accurate, and I note in
the relevant entries that not every expert concurs with them.---W. M. M.
A glimpse inside the Royal Mummy Room at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo,
captured by Flickr member blizzardzz and uploaded May 14, 2008.
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Photo composite of the Yuya & Tuyu exhibit at the Museum of Egyptian
by Flickr member yacielcruz.
New KV46 Images Added--I'd
also like to hear web viewer's comments about the rest of the Yuya/Tuyu
pages on this website. A lot of work has gone into "The Treasures of
Yuya and Tuyu." I've even added some of my own artwork--my
computer generated "paintings" of the coffins of Yuya and Tuyu now
accompany the photographs of these objects. I've attempted to present
photos and text in an aesthetically pleasing way, and have tried to
provide more information and images about KV 46 than any other site
currently online (with the exception, perhaps, of The Theban Mapping Project.)
So be sure to visit the Yuya and Tuyu exhibit and let me know what you
Face of Tuyu's innermost coffin.
Photo credit: Flickr member Hans Ollermann.
Learn About Tomb Robbers--The
detailed analysis of the robberies and restoration work done in the tomb
of Yuya and Tuyu is now complete. All the published accounts concerning KV
46 as it was discovered are examined, and the reconstructions of events in
the tomb that were formulated by the excavators, as well as the one
provided by C. N. Reeves, are evaluated. A whole new reconstruction of
events in KV 46 is then presented which is based on a close study of
Joseph Lindon Smith's diagram of the burial chamber. Through examining the
diagram, certain facts emerge which seem to have been overlooked
concerning the disposition of the objects in the burial chamber which
supply important information regarding the number of robberies that
actually occurred in the tomb.
I originally entitled the study "Post Interment Activity in
KV 46," but my son, Max, argued that this sounded too dry and technical!
In order to attract more "hits" from net surfers, he suggested that I call
it the more appealing "Tomb Raiders of KV 46." I've followed his advice
and the paper now appears bearing the more dramatic title.
I would appreciate feedback about this study. It represents
the result of a lot of research and detective work. So let me know
what you think about this reconstruction by writing to me at
The KV55 coffin lid at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.
Photo credit: Mohamed Megahed
KV 55 Data Revised--The section on
the KV 55 mummy in 18'th Dynasty Gallery IV has been updated with
the addition of a revised reconstruction of ancient events in KV 55. When
I reread my original version, first published about two years ago, I
realized that the arguments I presented for redating the KV 55 deposit to
the reign of Ay were vague, hard to follow, and not entirely convincing.
The whole section has now been rewritten in an easier-to-follow fashion,
and a slightly different argument is employed to explain my dating of
identical seal impressions found in KV 55 and near-by KV 62. This argument
now cites sufficient evidence in its favor to be effectively persuasive.
Previous reconstructions have been overly complicated by several
assumptions, the main one being that KV 55 had been established as a cache
by Tutankhamen for the official reburial of Smenkhkare/Akhenaten
and Tiye. I formulate a slightly different interpretation which manages to
avoid the complications entailed by this assumption.