Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tutankhamen’s Dynasty in the Valley of Kings

Asharq Alawsat (Zahi Hawass)

The press conference held at the Egyptian Museum last week is still being discussed not only among scientists and Egyptologists but also among lovers of ancient Egyptian civilization, especially as the conference highlighted new scientific discoveries that revealed a great deal about the golden pharaoh Tutankhamen and his dynasty.

We all know that several unknown mummies are believed to have belonged to the royal dynasty. Last week, we wrote about King Akhenaten’s mummy which was proven to have not suffered the deformities shown by his statues. The other significant discovery was Queen Tiye’s mummy, a powerful and dominating figure who married King Amenhotep III or the “Pasha of all pharaohs.” She made the king have sculptures of her made equal in size to those of the king, and he even constructed a luxurious palace dedicated to her in a district called Malqata in western Luxor with an artificial lake for her to walk along with its own boat made especially for her.

It is well known that by using her power and influence, Queen Tiye managed to obtain a royal decree to have her father, Yuya, and mother, Thuya, buried in the Valley of Kings, a place designated to kings alone. The tomb was discovered almost untouched and we managed to obtain DNA samples from the mummies of Yuya and Thuya.

1 comment:

Alice said...

Once again, he's very, very sure that KV55 is Akhenatan. Wish it were a proven FACT.

I don't see how any of his daughters could be old enough to be Tut's "mummy". And now Ankhesenamen is the mother? Didn't say that before, said they didn't know the name. If she is, she would have to be the one found in KV21? I think it was.

Dear Zahi, open mouth, insert foot and chew. You do it so well.