Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, April 04, 2009

Rick Menges has drawn my attention to the Ahram Weekly version of the end of term report form Hawass on the digs in the Valley of the Kings.


In the western valley, known as the Wadi Al-Quroud, or "valley of the monkeys", where the tombs of Amenhotep III and Ay are both located, the mission has carried out excavation work in an attempt to find Queen Tiye's tomb.

Hawass said that Queen Tiye, the mother of Akhenaten, was the wife of Amenhotep III and possibly the sister of Ay. If she was buried in the Valley of the Kings, her tomb might have been carved out near that of her husband, and if Ay was in fact her brother it would be all the more appropriate for her tomb to be near his as well. "It will be interesting to see what excavations in this area will reveal," Hawass says.


Refer to the article for more.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ays tomb was originally tutankamuns right. So if as widely believed a switch was done after tuts premture death, if Queen Tiye predeceased Ay was she then reburied in the Western Valley following the tomb switch or is it clear that Ay died before her, does any one know?

Andrew Singer said...

Queen Tiye is the key to unlocking the biggest mystery of the 18th Dynasty and the Exodus. I believe that Queen Tiye is the Mother of King Tutankhamen, designer of the double Crown that both she and King Tutankhamen wore.

Why, just them? I theorize that Queen Tiye was the Queen of Upper Egypt, the Queen of Israel, Queen of the Jewish people and her marriage solidified for herself and King Amenhotep III, the unification of all of Egypt, the primary goal of every King of Egypt.

The lock of hair in the Tomb of King Tutankhamen of Queen Tiye, how fitting as direct proof of a Mother to Son relationship. The age of Queen Tiye does fit this scenario as we know it.

The Vulture represents Upper Egypt and King Tutankhamen did not have that early in his Kingship, nor did Akhenaten, so how did King Tutankhamen gain the double Uraeus if he were a minor King? Did King Akhenaten lose his allegiance to the Jewish people of Upper Egypt or was he not of the Queen Tiye bloodline (I suspect this). King Tutankhamen, near the end of his reign is shown with the double Uraeus Crown (Vuture and Spitting Cobra). The Exodus would begin during the reign of Ramses I and by the time of Ramses II, the double Crown has disappeared although to me it looks like Ankhesenamen is still alive.

With Queen Ankhesenamen, daughter of Nefertiti and Akhenaten, the Jewish Blooline to the Crown of Upper Egypt was again lost at the time of the death of King Tutankhamen and the Queen failed in her bid to secure an appropriate King or did she?

Therefore, I theorize that King Tutankhamen is the Patriarch of Moses and his allegiance to the Jewish people allowed him to gain control of Upper Egypt and wear the Vulture on his Uraeus Crown.
Andrew Earl Singer, Egyptologist
singercheck@aol.com

Anonymous said...

What a load of tosh!

rymerster said...

I'm rather dubious about about what Andrew Singer posted with regard to Queen Tiye, but I have always wondered why some of Tutankhamun's funerary equipment shows him with the vulture and snake uraeus, rather than just the usual snake. When I posed this question on another forum some time ago I received an answer that many royals were shown with double or multiple uraei - but I have yet to see one king or queen with the vulture and snake. I would guess this offered extra protection to the king - but why?

Anonymous said...

I want to answer to one of the questions in the first comment by anonymous. I think we can be sure that Queen Tiye died before Aye because on the coffinette which contains her hairlock and was found in Tut`s tomb she is several times described as being deceased. As we all know Aye reigned after Tut so he outlived her. If Aye`s tomb was really intended for Tut (and I too think it was), then there is still enough reason for her to be (re-)buried in the West Valley, because she would be near hear husband as well as near her son/grandson (I rather tend to son). I don`t know how important brother/sister relationships were when it came to chosing one`s burial site.

Anonymous said...

Thanks anon for finally providing an answer to the question i posed back in April, i has almost given up, in fact i had actually forgot! But im impressed with your response thank you! Re Mr Singers contribution i am not sure what to make of it, some very interesting points but incredibly speculative and with the exodus link slightly biblical archaeologist wanting it to be, regards

Anonymous said...

I recollect reading two queens suites, one for Tiye and one for Sitamum, were inside Amenhotep III tomb, along with some recovered votice figues of Tiye. However, were either ever first interred there? Tiye's gold burial shines, in florid high Amarna style, were located in kv 55, perhaps transferred there after the return of Tut to Thebes. Was kv 55 ever intended as a final tomb or the cashe of Amarna items to be later interred elsewhere? Is the "elderly" lady recoved in the second cashe Tiye, as an analysis of here mummy hair and the locked from Tut's tomb suggest? And where oh where is the promised DNA analysis of the VOK mummies ever to be published?
So many questions, so little answers!

Andrew Earl Singer said...

The Tutankhamen Thrones

No Throne of King Tutankhamen is depicted with the Double Crown. The Double Crown in the artifacts is first scene and at its earliest time line for King Tutankhamen in the Gold Mask and the Wooden painted chest whereby Queen Ankhesenamen is handing the King a bouquet of flowers, and then later on is represented by the Sarcophagus and Alabaster stoppers for the internal organs. There are a few artifacts that depict King Tutankhamen in battle mode with bow and arrows and on a chariot and this may be the answer, King Tutankhamen was in a battle with Lower Egypt and once it was conquered, he took on the symbol of the Vulture.

King Tutankhamen and the Battle for Lower Egypt: Capturing the Vulture PROOF

Cairo #874847, the open-work buckle is a clear example of King Tutankhamen in battle. It is very interesting and symbolic of what I am attempting to prove. Behind King Tutankhamen is the winged Cobra and the Cobra is also on his Crown and above him and in front of him is depicted the Vulture also in winged form, and the King is in touch with the wing of the Vulture symbol. This is no mere coincidence, this is a direct reference that he already has the Cobra Crown and is fighting forces in Lower Egypt to gain the Vulture Crown. The depiction shows the King at a very early age, nonetheless it does exist and does in fact support my theory that a battle to secure Lower Egypt by King Tutankhamen is plausible. Also, Carter #44.
The Unity of Upper and Lower Egypt is represented by the Crown showing the Vulture and Cobra together as can be clearly seen in the Gold Mask of King Tutankhamen and it is clear as day that the Gold Mask was made and intended to show the Unification of Upper and Lower Egypt as well as representing the tutelary deities of the King. Therefore, a King that had not United Upper and Lower Egypt would not have the Vulture on his/her head as in the case of Ramses II or Akhenaten, one might go backward to Menes for a comparable. The Vulture was also made in to several pieces of jewelry that adorned the King into his afterlife. This whole argument hinges on my second belief, Tutankhamen died at age 28. I can now support this argument with the last artifact without the Vulture on his Crown and the Gold Mask portraying it and there is a noticeable physical difference of appearance as well as that of young Queen Ankhesenamen and that of her depicted as a woman on Carter #44. One can not attribute to the appearance by a different artist as the Queen is now a fully developed woman and the King did not just overnight gain the right to show his dominion over Lower Egypt. There was a massive battle going on for that land area and King Tutankhamen is the King that unified Lower and Upper Egypt in his lifetime. Surely, that in and of itself makes him one of the most important Kings of all of Ancient Egyptian history. Compound that with all of the money that he has generated since the Opening of the Tomb and his return to glory, the Awakening of the Ka is what makes him so special and so paramount to all of human history. Amen!

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