Amenhotep III was estimated to have taken the throne at the age of 12. He was a prolific builder in his time, as many of his monuments still stand today, such as the Luxor and the Colossi of Memnon. He was the son of Thutmosis IV and Queen Mutemwiya. His time as a king was known for peace and prosperity due to international trade and a strong gold supply.Over the span of his reign, he helped Egypt reach its peak of international power. In the 38-39 year of reign, Amenhotep III died.
Amenhotep III died of an unidentified illness and was mummified and buried. His remains were found hidden in the Royal Cache along with his father, Thermoses IV. He was first buried in the Western Valley of the Valley of the Kings. Amenhotep III was placed in Tomb WV22 and was later moved from this tomb to be placed alongside many other pharaohs of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth dynasties in a side chamber of KV35.
His tomb was initially found in 1799 by a French expedition. In here were many of his riches and artifacts. It was not until 1881 that his real body was found in the Royal Cache. Not much was left of the body, as the skull and bones had deteriorated much over time.
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