Elder Lady
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Elder Lady, believed to be Queen Tiye
Sex f
Status elite
Culture Egyptian
Site Valley of the Kings
Current Location
Location Egyptian museum
Catalog # 61070
An unidentified female mummy found in a cache of great kings and queens in 1898 in the Valley of the Kings. Cached in K V 35, the tomb of Amenhotep II, with the mummies of Tuthmosis IV, Amenhotep III, Merenptah, Sety II, Siptah, Ramesses IV, Ramesses V, Ramesses VI, an anonymous female called the "Elder Woman" (who some think is Queen Tiye, the wife of Amenhotep III), and a mummy, probably of Setnakht. The mummies remained undisturbed until they were discovered by Victor Loret.

"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.

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