The Semenkhkara Enigma

On Friday, November 29, 2019, Egyptologist Huub Pragt gave a lecture in Luxor. This 90-minute lecture took place in the Nile Valley Hotel in Luxor-Bayrat.
Start: 2 p.m.
Cost: free admission
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For whom tomb KV55, which had already been violated in ancient times, was originally intended, remains a big question. The confusion about this relatively small tomb in the Valley of the Kings actually started immediately after Theodore Davis discovered it in 1907. A gilded wooden panel of a shrine shows Akhenaten together with his mother Tiye. The cartouches of Akhenaten, however, were erased. The shrine must have been used earlier for the burial of Tiye in the royal tomb in Tell el-Amarna. In the burial chamber of KV55, Davis also found a wooden coffin inlaid with semi-precious stones. This chest was previously used for a woman, but later adapted for a king. Here too, the cartouches had been erased and the lower part of the golden mask had been removed by force. A heavily battered mummy of a man lay on the floor next to the coffin. In the burial chamber, Davis also found four so-called magic bricks on which the name of Akhenaten is written. The four canopic jars that Davis found were originally intended for Kiya, the concubine of Akhenaten. The inscriptions on these alabaster jars are almost completely erased. Adjustments to the four lids of the jars indicate that a royal uraeus has been added to the human heads. No object from KV55 refers to a king named Semenkhkara. Neither has any object emerged from that tomb displaying the name of his Great Royal Wife Meritaton. Yet many researchers assume that KV55 was intended for Pharaoh Semenkhkara.