Amenhotep (Goldsmith's Wife)
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Amenhotep
Age 3500 bc
Sex female
Status tradesman's wife -

held the title "lady of the house" (Jarus, 2017). It is unknown as to why Amenhotep had a name usually used for men in ancient Egypt.

Height unknown
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) Discovered September 9th, 2017
Site Draa Abul Naga
Current Location
Location West bank of the Nile in Luxor
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"Amenhotep" lived an estimated 3500 years ago, in the early 18th dynasty of Egypt. She was a the wife of the royal goldsmith, Amenemhat, who dedicated his work to the god Amun. While Amenhotep is usually a man's name, the team found references inside the tomb that indicated she was the lady of the house.


The tomb is that of Amenemhat, Amenhotep's husband. The tomb is considered to be relatively simple, although it did contain several statues, most notably the sandstone statue of Amenhotep, Amenemhat, and one of their sons. There were also many sarcophagi and wooden funeral masks.


The tomb was discovered September 2017.


She died around the age of 50 and showed signs of suffering from a bacterial bone disease.


The bodies of two of Amenhotep's adult children were discovered beside her.

The owners belong to the 18th dynasty of Egypt. The tomb appears to have been reused, as sarcophagi from the 22nd and 21st dynasties were found as well. It had two burial shafts, one of them probably dug for the mummies of Amenemhat and Amenhotep.

External Links


El-Sirgany, S., & Smith-Spark, L. (2017, September 11). Newly unearthed ancient tomb with mummies unveiled in Egypt. CNN. Retrieved from

Egypt archaeologists unearth 3,500-year-old tomb in Luxor. (2017, September 9). The Telegraph. Retrieved from

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