| Elder Lady |
|Name(s)||Elder Lady, believed to be Queen Tiye|
|Site||Valley of the Kings|
"Elder Woman", has been identified by some as Queen Tiye, the wife of Amenhotep III, and daughter of Yuya and Tuya. This is based only on the fact that her hair matches a lock found in the tomb of Tutankhamen. The lock of hair was kept in a box with Tiye's name on it.
The mummy is described as a middle aged, petite woman.
In 1975, x-rays and measurements indicated a close similarity between the skulls of the "Elder Woman" and that of Tuya. Dr. Susan E. James, however, pointed out that blood group testing indicated that the "Elder Woman" could not have been the daughter of Yuya and Tuyu. Majority opinion favored the conclusion that the lock of hair was Tiye's, however, and that the KV 35 "Elder Woman" was Tiye.
DNA tests conducted between 2007-2009 corroborated the hair analysis conclusion by identifying the "Elder Woman" as the daughter of Yuya and Tuyu.