A 3,ooo year-old inscription on a recently discovered tomb reveals the identity of its divine female occupant.
The recent discovery was made by a cooperative effort from a French and Egyptian archaeological mission, while excavating the Ramesseum temple. The tomb is dated to be at least 3,ooo years old and was inscribed with the message ‘the divine wife of the God Amun’. As exquisite and fascinating as this title sounds, it was not actually a divine being found encased in the tomb.
The occupant of the tomb is substantially significant; the resident of the burial site was an ancient Egyptian queen. The title ‘divine wife of God Amun, was only reserved for the wives of royal figures. This discovery as well as the numerous other relics inside the site are considered to be highly significant, due to the name ‘Karomama’ that was found written inside the tomb.
The size of this site was not noted to be large, with a small stone door leading down a 5-meter shaft to the main burial chamber. This description was provided by, Youssef Khalifa, head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector. He went on to state, that it was inside this chamber that 20 well-preserved statuettes, numerous offerings and funerary equipment were alos discovered
The tomb itself is not noted to be ornately decorated or for holding any spectacular treasure. But, the fact that the tomb possessed the name ‘Karomama’ etched in its walls and on statuettes, connects the site to Karomama Meritmut, this is the crucial reason for the tomb to be considered to be a priceless treasure, in itself.
Not much is known about the ancient queen, Karomama, other than her role as a ‘divine wife of Amun’ and that she lived during the 22nd Dynasty of ancient Egypt . She is believed to be the same woman as Karomama C, a daughter of Pharaoh Osorkon II. Currently a bronze statue that depicts the high priestess is on display in the Louvre and other relics of hers including Canopic jars and funerary figurines are on display in Berlin.
History shows that Ramesses II was known to commission the construction of fantastic architectural structures under his name; often the Pharoh would modify, usurp or sometimes ordered the construction of a site from scratch. One of his most awe-inspiring examples of architecture is noted to be the Ramessum Temple or Mortuary Temple. This site was actually constructed from the ground up and is not known to have incorporated any pre-existing structures. This location was ment to be the an eternal place for the pharaoh to be remembered and worshiped. Researchers dictate that construction of this facility commenced shortly after the begging of his reign and lasted for approximately 20 years.
This site is located 670 km south of Cairo, on the west bank of the Nile river, across from Luxor.
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