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Where is Ankhesenamun?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:18 pm    Post subject: Where is Ankhesenamun? Reply with quote

Why is she not depicted in his tomb?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

She wasn't depicted on the walls of the tomb, but she was represented on several funerary items. One of the ones I like the best is the golden shrine which depicts Ankhesenamun several times.

I don't think Queens were always mentioned on the walls of the tombs of their husbands. I'm pretty sure for instance that Nefertari was not mentioned in the tomb of Ramesses II for instance.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some of that stuff is pretty touching
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

but i wonder what happened to her. I guess she disappeared pretty quickly after Ay settled into power, since Tey is shown on his tomb as his Great Wife.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes and on other monuments (a chapel in Akhmim for instance) Tey is also shown as Aye's wife.

It looks like they may have had Ankhesenamun retire to one of the harems? Looks like she lost all her power and position with her husband.

That is if she didn't die at some point. That wouldn't even assume any foul play. Life was at times pretty short back then.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've never even heard a whisper about a tomb for her
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

....ah....I thought you might have missed me Laughing

Anyone, back on topic...I'm afraid I have no idea either which is a real shame Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe someone will find a tomb one day... sure would wrap a few things up
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

knowing how ay buried tutankhamun, i would think, even if he did away with her, that he would have had her buried in a nice tomb, maybe out of the way, in faiyum or memphis? possibly thebes, but if he wanted her forgotten, wouldn't it make sense to bury her somewhere less prestigious?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think all of those are possible. She could have been buried in the Valley of the Queens. They did bury some of the royals there in the 18th dynasty and the site was more extensively used starting with the 19th dynasty. She could have been buried in Saqqara or nearby Dashur, or even in the cliffs of Thebes.

Thebes, Saqqara and Dashur were pretty active necropolisses (necropoli?) at the end of the 18th dynasty and near Memphis, which was a royal residence.

I find it interesting that no funerary equipment has ever surfaced. No shabti, no canopic fragment. Nothing that I'm aware of at least.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That lack of any of her burial equipment being found is a strong indication that her tomb, if it exists at all, is still unknown.
It would be wonderful to be on a dig that was excavting her tomb!
But first, the actual location would have to be decided upon. There are, as has been said, many possible sites. Amarna, Thebes, the Valley of the Queens, Saqqara--and many more.
But what a triumph that would be--particularly if it were still intact!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if she was buried at all, i would expect her tomb to be almost intact like tut's, or comlpletly empty, like someone cleared it. her things may have been dismantled when the rest of the royal tombs were.

i think we would have to look somewhere close to where pre amarna queens were buried. tiye and nefertiti seem to have been buried at amarna, or thebes. mutemwia's ushabti has been found, but no tomb? tiaa seems to have been buried in k.v 32, but i thought that was the mayor sennefer?
and hatshepsut merytre was buried with amenhotp II.

i think a full clearance of the valley of the queens is necessary. they've done numerous times with the valley of the kings. but no one seems to pay attention to the qv. and it's very hard to find more than general information about the valley on the net.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kylejustin wrote:
i think a full clearance of the valley of the queens is necessary. they've done numerous times with the valley of the kings. but no one seems to pay attention to the qv. and it's very hard to find more than general information about the valley on the net.


Tell me about it. There isn't even as much in print.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i like how you think theban moon. but i suspect everyone important believes the undiscovered intact tombs of certain pharaohs and their wives are in the v.k. i would look in amenhotep III's wadi with ay's tomb for any undiscovered ones.

but i certainly would like to see the v.q. stripped to bedrock, and a good book published that shows all tombs and their insides, not just on nefertari, amenhirkopeshef, and sethherkopeshef.
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally found a copy of Hawass's book Silent Women to look through and was very disappointed. I hope it would tell the stories of many of the queens and princesses but it doesn't. Ankhesenamun isn't the only queen whose life is poorly published.

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