KV21B Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) KV21B
Age Approximately 30-45 years old
Sex Female
Status Deceased
Height Unknown
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 1550-1070 BC.
Site The Kings Valley, Egypt
Current Location
Location Egypt
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Tomb 21 was originally discovered by Giovanni Belzoni in 1817. This large, undecorated tomb was found to contain the remains of two female mummies and funerary equipment. The tomb remained open for about a decade until it was apparently buried by flood debris. A trench was carved down to the tomb entrance in the 1890's and this too was filled in. The tomb was rediscovered and inside, was found evidence that the tomb and its contents had been damaged by flooding. The Belzoni recorded mummies were found vandalized and broken into pieces. When rearticulated, however, the two mummies appear to have the same royal female pose.

At tomb KV21 the two mummies found are believed to have relation to Akhenaten. KV21A is believed to be the mother of two of Tutahnkamun's still born daughters, possibly Ankhesenamun, though there is no way of confirming this speculation. Among other theories, KV21B is speculated to be Nebetnehat, a daughter of Amenhotep III.


KV21B was preserved using very traditional methods, that were common in that time period. 


Many studies have been carried out with hopes of proving the connection between KV21 mummies and Tutankhamun. Some of these in depth studies include: CT Scans, X-Rays and DNA testing, along with consultation with many scholars in the antiquities field. 


Some potential congenital disorders that KV21B is believed to have had are Scoliosis and clubfeet. 

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