Khentakawess III
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Queen Khentkaus III, often called Khentakawess III
Age Unknown
Sex Female
Status Egyptian Queen
Height Unknown
Culture Fifth Dynasty, 2450 BC
Date(s) Death approximately 4,500 years ago
Site Mastaba in Abusir, Egypt
Current Location
Location Unknown
Catalog #


Queen Khentakawess III is said to have lived during the fifth dynasty, around 2450 BC. Her tomb was excavated in Abusir, which is also the location of many pyramids that are dedicated to pharaohs of the Fifth Dynasty. Queen Khentakawess was buried near the tomb of Pharaoh Neferefre. Several markings in her tomb read "The mother of the king" and "Wife of the King". It is believed that she was the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre, who ruled Egypt during the fifth dynasty. They had one child, future Pharaoh, Menkauhor Kaiu.



Researchers are using carbon dating to figure out the age of Queen Khentakawess III, if she suffered from any diseases or illnesses and other information such as how many kids she had.


The cause of death is still unclear.

Additional Info

External Links


Page, T. (2016, February 01). Doomsday prediction from tomb of ancient Egyptian queen? Retrieved March 16, 2017, from

Sanchez, N. (2015, January 05). Khentakawess III - 4,500-Year-Old Queen - Discovered in Egyptian Tomb. Retrieved March 16, 2017, from

Mazza, E. (2015, January 05). Tomb Of Egyptian Queen Khentakawess III Discovered In Abusir. Retrieved March 16, 2017, from

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