Seti I Mummy
In fact, one of the most significant mummies found in the Valley of the Kings is that of the Egyptian pharaoh Seti I. Seti I was the second ruler of the Nineteenth Dynasty and reigned from 1279 to 1213 BCE. He was famous for his military prowess and his extensive building projects, including his mortuary temple in Abydos.
Seti I’s mummy was discovered by Giovanni Belzoni in 1817 in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The mummy was in poor condition. It took more than a century before a thorough analysis could be on the remains. In 1985, a team of scientists. Led by the renowned Egyptologist Dr. Bob Brier, had permission to work on the mummy.
The examination provided insight into Seti I’s physical appearance and health. The team found that Seti I was tall, standing at around six feet, and had an aquiline nose. He suffered from arthritis and had a plaque build-up in his arteries. Indicating that he may have had heart disease. The team also discovered that Seti I’s mummy was not well-preserved, likely due to the quality of the embalming. It is famous that Seti I’s mummy was quickly following his death, as his son and successor, Ramesses II, had to deal with several challenges to his reign shortly after taking the throne.
Despite the poor condition of the mummy. The examination did reveal some impressive features. Seti I died with a gold mask. The team also discovered that Seti I’s sarcophagus had a false chamber. Which may have to deter potential tomb robbers.
In fact, Seti I’s mummy can be at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. While his physical remains may not be as well-preserved as some other mummies, Seti I’s legacy as a powerful pharaoh continues to be celebrated in Egypt and beyond.