| Thutmose III |
|Age||54 at time of death|
|Date(s)|| Reign: 1479 BC - 1425 BC
Died: 1425 BC
|Site||KV34, Valley of the Kings, Egypt|
|Location||Egyptian Museum, Cairo|
Thutmose III was the son of Thutmose II and was the sixth Pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty. He spent a lot of time training in the army and after the death of his aunt (whom he was coregent with), he created the largest empire in Egypt and conquered from Niya in North Syria to the Fourth Cataract of the Nile in Nubia. He directed several movements in Palestine, Syria, and Nubia and he proved to be a great warrior as he never lost a battle. Near his time of death he appointed his son Amenhotep II as coregent. When he died in 1426 BC, he was buried in the Valley of the Tombs of the Kings in western Thebes.
Thutmose III's mummy was discovered in the Deir el-Bahri Cache in 1881 along with several other eighteenth and nineteenth dynasty leaders. Overall, his mummy was not in good shape because it had been critically damaged by tomb robbers. As well, his wrappings were cut and torn by the Rassul family who had examined the tomb and its contents before it was officially discovered.
It was originally thought that Thutmose III’s mummy was unwrapped by Gaston Maspero in 1886, however it was revealed that it was first unwrapped by Émile Brugsch who supervised the evacuation of the mummies from the tomb in 1881. This was while Maspero was away in France, so the Director General of the Egyptian Antiquities Service arranged for the mummy to be re-wrapped. As a result, when the mummy was unwrapped by Maspero in 1886, it was in a moderately poor condition.
The cause of death of Thutmose III is unknown. He died during his 54th regnal year.
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