Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Ahmose-Nefertari
Age 70
Sex F
Status royal
Culture Egyptian
Site DB320
Current Location
Catalog # Unknown

The mummy of Ahmose-Nefertari, Queen of pharaoh Ahmose of the 18th dynasty was found in tomb DB320, located in the Theban cliffs of Deir el-Bahri. Ahmose-Nefertari was born in the latter part of the 17th dynasty and grew up to then become the first queen of the 18th Dynasty. She married her brother Pharaoh Ahmose I, who then had several children; daughters Meritamun B, Sitamun A and sons Siamun A, Ahmose-ankh, Amenhotep I and Ramose A. She is said to have died in her 70s. 

Ahmed Abd el-Rassul reported the tomb in hopes for a reward as it became more complex to rob tombs without getting caught. The head of ministry was notified, Gaston Maspero, who left his assistant Emile Brugsch, who would be the second to walk into the tomb then called “cachette.” Most of the mummies found within this tomb were previously buried elsewhere, but moved during the Third intermediate Period by priests in order to relocate them to a more safe environment.


Ahmose-Nefertari is said to have died in approximately the fifth or sixth year of Thutmose I, aged in her 70s. It is presumed she was buried in Dra Abu el-Naga, and had a mortuary temple there but the mummy was then moved to the tomb DB320. Her presumed body was discovered and unwrapped by the Emile Brugsch in 1885. She was found missing her right hand.


The tomb DB320 found in 1881 held funerary equipment and mummified remains of over 50 kings, queens and other nobles and royals. This tomb was believed to hold Ahmose-Inhapi, but the Queen's remains were later found in a different tomb near by. Another hypothesis made by Nicholas Reeves states that this tomb was the family tomb of Pinedjem II. Pinedjem II was known as a High Priest of Amun in the years 990 – 976, during the reign of the 21st Dynasty. With studying the mummies found within the tomb DB320, Egyptologists were able to gain priceless information about great Egyptian Queens and Kings. The mummies found within this tomb could be divided into two groups; some from the Second Intermediate Period and the New Kingdom, and some from the Third Intermediate Period. The first group of the Second Intermediate Period were found damaged and poorly coffined while that of the Third intermediate period were found in great condition. The list of pharaohs found within this tomb is astounding.



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