The Mummy of Thutmose III
Thutmose III was one of the greatest pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Who ruled for nearly fifty-four years from 1479 BC to 1425 BC. He is also famous as the “Napoleon of Egypt” for his military prowess in expanding the territory of Egypt to its greatest extent. Thutmose III is also famous for his extensive building and construction projects that include the temple of Amun at Karnak, Temple of Mut. The Festival Temple of Montu, among others.
It was discovered in the Deir el-Bahri cache, a tomb that contained the remains of several pharaohs. The tomb was there in 1881 by the famous Egyptologist, Gaston Maspero. When Maspero opened the coffin of Thutmose III. He found the mummy wrapped in exquisite linen and richly adorned with jewelry and amulets.
It provided historians with valuable insights into the life and death of this great pharaoh. From the analysis, it is famous that Thutmose III suffered from arthritis, tooth decay, and atherosclerosis. A condition that affects the arteries and is commonly found in modern-day people due to a diet high in fats.
The analysis of the mummy also confirmed that Thutmose III died when he was around sixty years old. However, the exact cause of his death is still unknown. Some historians believe that Thutmose III died of natural causes, while others speculate that he was poisoned by his son and successor, Amenhotep II, who wanted to ascend to the throne quickly.
now displayed at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, where it has become a major tourist attraction and a significant part of Egypt’s cultural heritage. The discovery of Thutmose III mummy has provided valuable information about the life and death of this great pharaoh and has helped us to understand the lives of the ancient Egyptians.