Human Mummy
Kamose's Sarcophagus in Cairo Egyptian Museum
Biographical Information
Name(s) Wadjkheperre Kamose
Sex Male
Status Deceased
Culture Ancient Egypt
Date(s) c. 1600 BCE - c. 1500 BCE

Reign: c. 1555–1550 BCE (Shaw) Death: 1550 BCE

Site Tomb in Dra Abu el-Naga, Egypt
Current Location
Location Sarcophagus located in Egypt
Catalog #
Kamose was the son of Seqenenre Tao I and Queen Ahhotep I, and the brother of Ahmose I. Following his father's death, Kamose assumed the throne, becoming the 15th and last pharoah of the 17th Dynasty.

Kamose was best known for furthering his father's agenda of defeating the Hyksos. Throughout his reign, Kamose was at war with the Hyksos, the west Semitic settlers who, in the 17th century BCE, had conquered the northern region of Egypt. Kamose's dauntless and warrior-like behaviour was prevalent in his excellent and strategic accomplishments. He battled in war with a horse and chariot while taunting his enemy King and showing no mercy towards Egyptians who aided the Hyksos.

Upon his death, Kamose was succeeded by his brother, Ahmose I, who began the New Kingdom and ultimately defeated the despised Hyksos leaders.


Kamose's mummy was discovered by Auguste Mariette in a tomb in Dra Abu el-Naga, Egypt during 1857. While the sarcophagus depicted a modest and humble appearance, the mummy was found damaged and in poor condition.


The majority of scholars agree that Kamose's reign did not exceed 5 years. It is also believed that Kamose died unexpectedly at a young age.


Kamose's accomplishments are recorded in two popular stelae. In addition, his chariot was lighter and more portable than those of other eras. Not much else is known about Kamose's reign.


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