Sunday, July 09, 2006

More re speculation on KV63's owner

Thanks very much to Kat Newkirk for the following item, which looks at Hawass's view that KV63 was originally a tomb and was later used as a storage area for embalming materials. Schaden and Hawass have differing views on whether or not the tomb's original owner can be identified:
"Hawass says historical evidence indicates that Tutankhamun's mother died giving birth to him and that there was not enough time to build her an elaborate tomb. Tutankhamun took the throne at the age of 8 or 9 more than 3,300 years ago. Before he died in his late teens, he asked to be buried near his mother, Hawass says.
Pottery and seals found in the tomb were similar to those found in King Tut's tomb. Faces painted on coffins in both tombs closely resemble each other as well, Hawass says.
But Egyptologist Otto Schaden of the University of Memphis, who is leading the archaeological team, says there is not enough evidence to determine whose tomb it was.
'The coffin has absolutely no royal insignia, so it's very unlikely it belongs to a queen,' Schaden says. 'As head of the antiquities, (Hawass is) in a position to draw whatever conclusions he wishes. I can't say he's wrong because I can't say whose tomb it was meant to be.'
As archaeologists continue to examine the final coffin's fragile contents, they hope to find hieroglyphics that give more decisive evidence of the tomb's former inhabitant."
See the above article for the full story.

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