Son of Ramesses
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Egyptian Prince
Age 30s
Sex male
Status prince
Height unknown
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 1295 and 1186 BC
Site unknown
Current Location
Location Bolton Museum, UK
Catalog # Unknown
This Egyptian mummy in a Bolton Museum for nearly 80 years has been identified as a son of pharaoh Rameses II.

Originally thought to have been a female temple dancer, CT scans confirmed the occupant of the coffin was a male who appeared to share features of the Egyptian royal family. Experts are 90% sure it is one of the pharaoh's children. Estimates suggest he died in his thirties between 1295 and 1186 BC of a wasting disease, perhaps a cancer.


Chemical analysis showed that the body had been embalmed using the most expensive materials, including pistachio resin and thyme, the preserve of highest social echelons.


Tests showed that the mummy had a pronounced over-bite and misaligned eyes, similar to members of the 19th Dynasty, and his facial measurements were found to be almost identical to those of Rameses.


Because the alleged prince was not in his original coffin, the hieroglyphs are worse than useless in identifying him. There is no way of now identifying him other than to speculate that he may have been one of over 110 children of Ramses II.


Cockcroft, L. (2008, March 15). Egyptian mummy exhibit is son of Ramesses II. Retrieved September 26, 2017, from

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