Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Speculation - Who's in KV63?

Just for fun, because we will know much more when the mummies have been examined and the coffin texts translated, here are some speculations about which individuals may be in KV63 by Georgeos Díaz-Montexano, Just one of many guesses currently being aired, but this one seems to have been missed by the English language media.
"Investigador hispano-cubano identifica uno de los sarcófagos como perteneciente a un miembro femenino de la familia real de TutAnjAmon. El escriptólogo y profesor de jeroglíficos egipcios Georgeos Díaz-Montexano cree haber identificado a uno de los cinco sarcófagos descubiertos recientemente en el Valle de los Reyes como destinado a contener los restos de una mujer que, a juzgar por las características del rostro representado bien podría ser Kiya, la presunta Madre de TutAnjAmon, o bien su propia esposa AnjesenAmon."
Roughly translated as: Hispano-cuban teacher of hieroglyphs, Georgeos Diaz-Montexano, has suggested that one of the coffins belongs to a female member of the royal family of Tutankhamun. He believes that the coffin was intended to house the remains of a womean who, to judge from the facial characteristics depicted, culd well be Kiya, the possible mother of Tutankhamun, or perhaps his own wife Ankhsunamun.
The article is quite long (too long to translate in full here) but the gist of it is as follows. Díaz-Montexano. Neither of the above-mentioned royal wives have been found to date. He believes that the mummies represent five members of the royal family, directly related to Tutaknkhamun, whether an ancestor or successor.
In another longish article, at the above URL (also in Spanish), Georgeos Díaz-Montexano adds some other details to support some of his speculations, including confirmation of the 18th Dynasty date from the fact that the colour of all the sarcophagi is predominantly black with dark green toning (the colours of Osiris resurrected), which correspond with New Kingdom practises, particularly in the 18th Dynasty. He points out the damage to the mummies, which he says lends support for the idea that this is a cache, placed here for safe keeping after receiving damage elsewhere by tomb robbers. Finally, he points to holes or cracks in a mummy which he believes is male, one of which is right by the forehead, where a Cobra or Ureus could been have inserted, one of the symbols of the Pharaoh.

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