| Ahmose-Sitkamose |
|Date(s)||c. 1573-1570 B.C.|
Sitkamose's mummy was discovered in 1881 in the Deir el-Bahari cache; it was in the coffin of a man named Pediamun who lived during the 21st dynasty. Her mummy was unwrapped by Gaston Maspero June 19, 1886. She was about thirty years old when she died, Grafton Eliot Smith described her as a strong-built, almost masculine. The mummy was damaged by tomb robbers, who had cut away most of the anterior body wall in their search for valuables. The left arm had been broken off at the shoulder, and the occipital region of the skull had been crushed and was missing. A black, resinous material coated the whole body, and in this dried substance remain impressions of various items of jewelry that had been removed by the thieves. Additional damage to the mummy was done by mice, who had gnawed the back of the legs.
The brain and its membranes are visible through the large opening in the back of the skull, the fact these were not removed by the embalmers indicates the early date from which the mummy derives. Nostrils had been filled with linen plugs, and her body cavity had been packed tightly with the same material, some of it having been soaked in resin. A large cake of resinous paste was employed to cover her perineum. Her teeth are only moderately worn, and her hair had not yet turned gray at the time of her death. The arms had been positioned so that her hands could rest over the pubic region, and Smith comments that this is very unusual for mummies of this period. Impressions remain on her toes of the strings which were used to fasten the toenails in place during the embalming procedure.
Many say she was married to Ahmose I who was her uncle or cousin, since her titles include King's Wife as well as King's Daughter and King's Sister.
She was also known as the God's Wife of Amun, but it is likely that she was given this title only posthumously.