Sunday, January 30, 2011

Who is Thuyu?

Thuyu has long been known to Egyptologists through the reference made to her and her husband on a scarab known as "the marriage scarab" created as propaganda for Amenhotep III to announce his marriage to the lady Tiye the daughter of Yuya and Thuyu. The discovery of the couples well preserved tomb in 1905 in the Valley of kings was the greatest find of it's kind until the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922.

A number of people to the tomb in 1905 expressed a great sadness that the couples journey through eternity had been disturbed and could clearly understand that this was not good for the couples mummies. Recent events in Cairo have seen looters create damage to the Cairo museum including reports that two mummies have had their heads ripped off or worse been destroyed.

In a video yesterday I pointed out that the cartonnage mummy cover which lay directly on Thuyu's mummy is to be seen lying damaged on the floor next to Thuyu's coffin. This sadly may indicate that Thuyu has been the target of an attack by invaders to the museum and may well be one of two mummies reported destroyed.

Photo : The Theban Royal Mummy Project

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