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Tomb of Queen Tiyi, Edited by T. Davis

 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:11 am    Post subject: Tomb of Queen Tiyi, Edited by T. Davis Reply with quote

Found this for cheap on ebay and decided I needed to know about this since it's always been a point of interest for me (and everyone else).

Here are my impressions:

Firstly, the descriptions of what they had to do to get the tomb equipment out of the tomb without it disintegrating is amazing. That the coffin made it at all and has been reassembled so well is a testament to the conservators and to Aryton, the archaeologist on the project.

One gets the impression that they kind of viewed Tiye's shrine as a lost cause although one interesting detail that is published here that I don't see a lot made of is that the shrine had had the names of Akhenaten excised but was in the process of having those excised cartouches written over with the nomen of Amenhetep III in red ink before the intruders in the tomb salvaging the burial of Tiye apparently decided that the shrine was going to be too cumbersome to remove.

Secondly, Davis did a truly craptacular job of publishing this find. Normally, I'd take a paragraph here to rant about egyptologists who just like to dig and not publish and die before their #$%@!@ notes get published, or do a really hacky job of publishing it like Davis does here. The formal report on where everything in the tomb is located is a whopping 4 and 1/2 pages long. Davis spends his article in the publication (which is set up as a collection of essays about the tomb contents written by various Egyptologists of the day and edited heavily by Davis--who is hell bent on proving he's found the tomb of Queen Tiye.), summarizing the discovery itself.

Some things I did learn from this publication:
-To my knowledge, there were no mummy bands on the mummy. The gold sheets found around the mummy were the collapsed inside of the coffin. The excavation report makes this pretty clear. You may have read that the mummy bands were missing.
-A question: there were several inlays found in the rubble beneath the mummy, which are presented here as belonging to the inlays on the side of the mummy-case basin. One of these looks to be the Pet sign inlaid with stars that http://history.memphis.edu/murnane/M%20Gabolde.pdf proposes belongs to the erased Pet sign on the canopic jar. I'll have to reread gabolde's article to see how he rules out the theory that the Pet sign originally belongs on the coffin with the inlays near it.
-I did not know anything about the numerous small objects in the tomb: the two pottery chests containing amulets, or the small container of a girl carrying a basket. These were probably part of Tiye's funerary equipment.
-Apparently, a furniture part rendered in silver as the head of a duck was also found. I wonder if this could be part of a chair like the stools found with Tutankhamun? I've also never heard of this object and wonder where it is now. Lost?

Hope that provides a little food for thought.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh. Duh. Gabolde covers that in the first paragraph.
This is not the pet sign that you are looking for!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello

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-To my knowledge, there were no mummy bands on the mummy. The gold sheets found around the mummy were the collapsed inside of the coffin. The excavation report makes this pretty clear. You may have read that the mummy bands were missing.


Here is some information
http://members.tripod.com/anubis4_2000/KV55/KV55.htm
http://members.tripod.com/anubis4_2000/KV55/KV55B.htm
http://members.tripod.com/anubis4_2000/KV55/KV55C.htm
http://members.tripod.com/anubis4_2000/KV55/KV55D.htm

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh! Fail! Bad links. Sad
Maybe the bandwidth has gone over. I'll try again tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seshat wrote:
Oh! Fail! Bad links. Sad
Maybe the bandwidth has gone over. I'll try again tomorrow.


Sorry Embarassed I actually was on the site when i gave you the link. Maybe, its just down.

Anyway,

Here is the mummy band page as Cached by google.
http://209.85.173.132/search?q=cache:alz30X1LGVcJ:anubis4_2000.tripod.com/KV55/KV55D.htm+http://anubis4_2000.tripod.com/KV55/KV55D.htm&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=au&client=firefox-a

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like the mummy bands, as displayed by Munich with the restoration of the coffin basin belong on the inside of the coffin lid.

Hey, Davis got something right! He did not in fact mention the mummy bands in the tomb of Queen Tiye. If he'd maintained that kind of consistency, there would have been a ton of time saved by a lot of scholars researching this. Smile
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