The mummy of Queen Tiye was found within the second side chamber of the tomb of Amenhotep II. Found in 1898 by Victor Loret, it was discovered that Amenhotep II’s tomb had later been used by the Ancient Egyptian priesthood as a storage for many royal mummies spanning both the 18th and 19th Dynasties.

Tiye is originally thought by some Egyptologists to have been or “supposed to have been” buried in her son’s new capital of Akhetaten (modern Tel el-Amarna), with the presumption that the body of the Queen and other royals of her family were perhaps moved once her son’s new capital collapsed after his death. Then there is the theory that Tiye was to be buried within the tomb of her husband Amenhotep III. There is no ultimate conclusion at the present.

Tiye’s mummy measures at 145 cm in length, making her body 4 ft 7 inches tall, however, due to disarticulated feet and shrinkage in death, it is safe to say she would have been taller in life, estimations put her living height at approximately 4 ft 11 inches.

Ancient Egyptian Queen Tiye’s curly hair 3359 years later.

Tiye (1398-1338 BCE) was a queen of Egypt of the 18th dynasty, wife of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, mother of Akhenaten, and grandmother of both Tutankhamun and Ankhsenamun.

She exerted an enormous influence at the courts of both her husband and son and is known to have communicated directly with rulers of foreign nations.

She died in her early sixties and was buried in the Valley of the Kings. A lock of her hair, possibly a keepsake of the young king’s, was found in Tutankhamun’s tomb.


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