The Tomb of Siphtah and The Tomb of Queen Tiyi

The Tomb of Siphtah and The Tomb of Queen Tiyi

by Theodore M. Davis

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The Tomb of Siphtah and The Tomb of Queen Tiyi by Theodore M. Davis

On January 6, 1907 a mysterious tomb was uncovered in the Valley of the Kings by English archaeologist Edward R. Ayrton, digging on behalf of Theodore M. Davis. Initially identified as the burial of Amenophis III's queen, Tiye (Tîyi), on the basis of a spectacular gilded shrine which formed part of the burial equipment, the body itself was later recognized as that of a man buried in a coffin adapted for the use of an Amarna-period pharaoh. Was this the mummy of Akhenaten himself, as some at the time believed? Or the body of Akhenaten's mysterious co-regent, Smenkhkare? Almost a century later, Tomb 55 (as it is now generally known) continues to baffle archaeologist and Egyptologist alike. The Tomb of Queen Tîyi, which first appeared in 1910, was Davis's official account of the enigmatic Tomb 55 discovery, and remains a crucial source both for the Amarna period and for Valley of the Kings studies generally. It is here republished with Davis's equally fundamental The Tomb of Siphtah, which details the excavator's discoveries of 1905-7 - among them the extraordinary 'animal tombs' and the 'Gold Tomb', one of the greatest caches of 19th Dynasty jewelry ever found.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780715630730
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/24/2001
Series: BCP Egyptology Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.28(w) x 11.76(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Theodore M. Davis (1837-1915) was a wealthy American financier and lawyer and one of the key figures in the history of archaeological exploration in the Valley of the Kings. He had the reputation of uncovering a new tomb every season, and his finds now fill a gallery in the Cairo Museum.

Table of Contents

Preface by Theodore M. Davis
List of Plates and Illustrations
King Siphtah and Queen Tauosrît, Professor Gaston Maspero
The Finding of the Tomb of Siphtah; the Unnamed Gold Tomb; and the Animal Pit Tombs, Theodore M. Davis
The Excavations during the Winters of 1905, 1906, T.M. Davis and E.R. Ayrton
The Tomb of Siphtah Merenptah
Private Tombs
The Tomb of Rameses Mentuherkhepshef: (No. 19), E.R. Ayrton
The Unnamed Gold Tomb
Catalogue of Jewels and Precious Objects found in the Funerary Deposit of Setuî II and Tauosrît
Vases

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