KV55-Akhenaton: Reassessment of the anthropological literature and a novel facial reconstruction

Michael Habicht, Cicero Moraes, Elena Varotto, Veronica Papa, Isabella Aquila, Pietrantonio Ricci, Francesco M Galassi

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Tomb KV55 in the Valley of the Kings (Luxor-West, Egypt) was discovered in January 1907 by Edward R. Ayrton in the service of Theodore M. Dovis. It turned out to be on undecorated tomb with a strange assemblage of material from the mid-18th dynasty and the Amorna period. The material found there belonged to several people and some material was altered for a secondory burial. A wooden coffin, gilded and richly decorated with gold­ cloisonne-inloys. Inside lied a mummy, which decoyed to dust and bones during the excavation due to damage caused by humidity in the tomb. After a first inspection by doctors, present in the Valley, Davis believed that he found a female mummy and the secondary burial of Queen Tyje.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
EventAnatomical Society Meeting: #AnatSocSummer21 - University of Glasgow (Host) - Virtual online, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Jul 20219 Jul 2021


ConferenceAnatomical Society Meeting
Abbreviated title#AnatSocSummer21
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Conference poster
  • Akhenaton
  • Forensic face reconstruction
  • forensic science
  • Egyptology
  • anthropology
  • KV 55 Skeleton
  • KV 55
  • Valley of the Kings
  • Pharaoh
  • Ancient Egypt


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