I came across a couple of things this morning on the “Ancient Origins” website that caught my interest. The first thing that caught my eye was an article about an ancient mystery skull from Egypt at:
The skull was found in tomb KV55 in the Valley of Kings in 1907. The tomb contained a variety of artifacts and a single mummy. Identification of the mummy has posed a problem because the artifacts appear to belong to several different individuals and not the mummy. Speculation is that the tomb was made rashly and that the person entombed in the tomb had previously been entombed somewhere else. Speculation about who the mummy is has run rampant over the years ranging from Queen Tiye, the mother of the famed Pharaoh Akhenaten, to King Smenkhkare.
The tomb was discovered by archaeologist Edward Ayrton. The tomb is rather small and simple for anyone of royal blood to be entombed in. It’s composed of a single chamber and a small niche. The mummy’s coffin had been desegregated and it’s remote that tomb robbers had broken into the tomb prior to its discovery as the staircase and entrance were littered with rubble. Each artifact inside the tomb appeared to be linked to a different individual, oddly. Many of the items have been linked to Akhenaten and his daughters along with one of his wives named Kiya. There was a gilded shrine found inside the tomb that apparently was created for Akhenaten’s mother, Queen Tiye, and the Pharaoh’s name was found carved into two clay bricks.
At first the tomb was thought to be that of Akhenaten’s mother but that assumption became weak as time went on. The positioning of the arms of the mummy indicated it was a female along with postmortem damage to the pelvis along with the shape of the pelvis and the lack of male genitalia. Speculation grew and the tomb was thought to be of other females other than Tiye. Researchers came to an agreement later on claiming the coffin had been intended for Kiya, one of Akhenaten’s wives but this was all thrown into confusion when subsequent tests revealed that the mummy was that of a MALE not a female!
So who was he? Scientific testing revealed that this unknown male may have been a close relative of Akhenaten’s and might have even been one of his sons. Subsequent testing revealed the individual was about 20 years old at the time of his death. Anatomist Elliot Smith speculated that the individual might has suffered from some sort of condition that delayed maturation of his skeleton as there were some oddities about the remains, in particular, one being his strange looking skull. Smith suggested Froilich’s Syndrome along with chronic hydrocephalus (water brain). But, researchers concluded later that there was nothing wrong with the skull and that it was “normal.” Really…WTF?
Later testing suggested the person was not 20 but 35 years old when he died. That testing was done in 2010. And then something ASTOUNDING was revealed!!
In February of 2010 researchers declared that they knew almost for certain who the mystery mummy was that was found in tomb KV55 in the Valley of Kings, Egypt. They declared that the mummy was that of none other than AKHENATEN HIMSELF!! Akhenaten was the son of Amenhotep III and the father of the famous King Tut. Researchers decided it was the mummy of Akhenaten himself after more than 100 years of research on tomb KV55.
So IF the mummy is, in fact, that of Pharaoh Akhenaten then why was he hastily entombed?
Akhenaten’s original name was Amenhotep IV and he was the most radical of all the Pharaoh’s of ancient Egypt. He established his own religion which was one of the first known religions to worship one god. Of course, this greatly upset the Egyptian priesthood who had many gods and much power. The Pharaoh’s new god was called Aten and was represented by the Sun Disk. The Egyptian priesthood declared him a heretic rather quickly and they became his mortal enemies. After his death the priesthood resumed their grip on Egypt and his images and name were stricken from the record for the most part so there would be no memory of him. Might it be that Akhenaten’s mother, Queen Tiye, had been originally entombed with him but later removed in haste for some reason? And if so then what was the reason for being in such a hurry?
Akhenaten’s skull found in Tomb KV55 is very strange. The skull is rather elongated more than normal in my opinion and it has a distinct brow ridge that is smaller but similar to what we see in skulls of ancient human ancestors other than Homo sapiens! It’s jaw, nose, and mouth protrude more than normal like that of an ape and if this skull had a ridge on top and a very other traits I’d say it was the skull of a chimpanzee. In fact, the jawbone looks like it doesn’t even fit the skull as it appears to be out of proportion with the rest of the skull, a bit.
In life, Akhenaten looked strange physically and we know that for a fact from some of the carvings and other depictions found. He had a very elongated and very narrow face and large breasts! He had big eyes and a long slender nose. His lips were large and when it comes to the rest of his body things are even stranger! Akhenaten was rather tall and very skinny with a prominent little pot belly. His fingers were atypically long and slender. His ears were large and very pronounced. And now we discover from his mummy found in Tomb KV55 that he lacked male genitalia! He was feminine looking so much so that when KV55 was first discovered researchers thought for a long while, over 100 years, that they were looking at a female! But, it turns out the remains were that of a male.
There has been a lot of speculation about Akhenaten. For instance, many have asked where he got the idea of one god and some have speculated he may have gotten the idea from Jews in Egypt that he somehow had contact with. Others have speculated that the Pharaoh wasn’t human at all or, at least, that he was only part human. They have asserted that he was either an ET or part ET and they note his physical appearance and odd traits as evidence. Was he an ET or part come to bring humankind a new and single god? And why was the mummy of his mother removed leaving him alone in a simple rather crudely made tomb in the Valley of Kings?
One thing is for certain. Akhenaten upset the status quo in ancient Egypt and he angered the priesthood beyond belief! They absolutely hated him and some have suspicioned that their hatred extended to his son, King Tutankhamen the boy king, as well. In fact, some have speculated that Tut was murdered before he could “follow in his father’s footsteps.”
The large eyes and the skull in general is what gets me. Akhenaten must have been really odd looking EVEN more odd looking than his depictions! So what was the cause of his strange appearance? The front portion of the skull almost looks ape-like but the shape of the rest of the skull is not ape-like at all as it is far too elongated. Did this Pharaoh suffer from some sort of genetic disease? Was he mentally retarded and physically retarded as well? Why was he so feminine looking and what about the lack of male genetalia? Could it be that this Pharaoh was a female who disguised as a man?
Judging from the mummy find in KV55 Akhenaten must have been a Gynandromorph! A gynandromorph is a person, insect, or crustacean that has characteristics of both genders. Was this pharaoh born with both the sex organs of a female and male and the female genitalia were removed when he was young somehow? Or was “he” born a female and simply raised to be a “male” as best he could? And what about his offspring? Kya was one of his wives but so was the famous Neferteri. Something is VERY ODD about this pharaoh and now that his remains have been identified as those found in tomb KV55 those remains raise even MORE questions about him! One thing is for sure. THIS Pharaoh was NOT your typical Egyptian Pharaoh and, frankly, for him to go against the pantheon of gods and the powerful priesthood wasn’t really very bright in ancient Egypt. His new religion didn’t last one day beyond his death…Or DID IT??? Additionally, the mummy mask found in KV55 was pretty destroyed and that is a sign of the hate felt towards him likely by the priesthood as his face is virtually gone!
Some researchers believe Akhenaten suffered from epilepsy and a form of the illness which caused him to have intense religious themed hallucinations and religious ideations. He only ruled Egypt for 17 years and he died prematurely. I’m going to be looking more into this pharaoh and his HIGH STRANGENESS in future postings here.