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The Pharoh's Golden Parade

Transfer of the Royal Mummies to the Museum of Civilisation.

On April 3, 22 mummies will be paraded through the streets of Cairo while being transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to their new abode in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation.

In 1898, the French Egyptologist Victor Loret discovered a cache of royal mummies in the tomb of Amenhotep II (KV 35), in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor; 10 of these 22 mummies are among them. Most of them date back to the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasty, of which 18 are of kings and 4 of queens, including the mummy of King Ramses II, King Seqnen Ra, King Thutmose III, King Seti the first, Queen Hatshepsut, Queen Mert Amon, wife of King Amenhotep the First, and Queen Ahmose-Nefertari.

King Seqenen Ra was the last king of the 17th Dynasty and the ruler of Thebes (now Luxor). He was the king who began the war of liberation against the Hyksos, a war which was inherited by his sons Kings Kamose and Ahmose I. He died in his 40s and his skull bears the marks of wounds, almost certainly the result of a battle against the Hyksos

His daughter, Queen Ahmose-Nefertari, was married to her brother, Ahmose I, the founder of the 18th Dynasty and the New Kingdom. The royal couple bore several children, including Amenhotep I, who succeeded his father. She was powerful and influential during her lifetime and maintained her power during the reign of her son, Amenhotep I.




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