Younger Lady
Biographical Information
Name(s) Younger Lady
Age 25-35
Sex Female
Status Royal
Height 5 ft 2 in
Culture Ancient Egyptian
Date(s) 30 BC to AD 395
Site Valley of Kings
Current Location
Location Egyptian Museum
Catalog # none

The Younger Lady, also known as KV35YL, was a mummy found in the Valley of Kings in Luxor, Egypt. Recent DNA testing has indicated that she could have been Sitamen, Isis, Henuttaneb, Nebetah or an unknown daughter of Amenhotep III and Tiye, but she was probably a sister of Akhenaten. The mummy is currently on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt.


Her mummification style and location of burial shows that she was of high status when alive.The Younger Lady has a gaping wound in the left side of her face. It had long been been thought that this wound had been the result of actions of the tomb robbers, but a recent re-examination of the mummy while it was undergoing genetic tests and CT scans determined that the wound could have happened prior to death and that the injury had been fatal.

The mummy was found in KV35 beside the mummies of a young boy who died at around the age of ten, thought to be either Webensenu or Prince Thutmose, and an older woman, identified as Queen Tiye by recent DNA studies. All three were found together, lying side-by-side, uncovered, and unidentified in a small antechamber of the tomb. All three mummies had been extensively damaged by ancient tomb robbers.

Upon finding the Younger Lady, Victor Loret had initially believed it be of a young man as the head had been shaved. A closer inspection later made by Dr. Grafton Elliot Smith confirmed that the mummy was that of a female, though Loret's original speculation lingered for many years.


There is a large defect in the anterior wall of the Younger Lady's torso where the internal organs were removed, save the heart, which is still intact in her body. In and on the torso there are linen fibers treated with risen.

The workers who mummified Younger Lady made no attempt to remove her brain, which was abnormal for the period in which she died. On top of her facial gap caused by trauma when alive there is an embalming pack of linen impregnated with resin. This was also found on the right side of her face, her orbits, her naval cavity and her mouth.


Since her death, there have been many studies done to confirm the identity of the Younger Lady. Through autosomal and mitochondrial DNA tests leadds to the strong probability that Younger Lady was the mother of Tutankhamun and that she was a child of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye.


Researchers found that she had a slight lumbar scoliosis in her spine.


Some suggest that she is Meritaten, wife of Smenkhare. Egyptologist Willeke Wendrich, believes that she was a concubine of Akhenaten, and not his queen. There is no memorabilia in Tutankhamen's tomb relating to the Younger Lady.

External Links


Hawass, Z; et al. (2010). "Ancestry and pathology in King Tutankhamun's family". JAMA. 303 (7): 3. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.121. PMID 20159872.

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