Despite prolonged research work, scientists failed to locate the royal tomb and the mortuary temple for Thutmose II.

However, in March 2019, a team of archaeologists led by Professor Andrejz Niwiński from Poland’s Warsaw University’s Institute of Archaeology came across a stone chest and a wooden box with unusual contents which are believed to be linked to Pharaoh Thutmose II.

Pharaoh Thutmose II was the son of Thutmose I and one of his minor wives, Mutnofret.

He was therefore regarded as a lesser son of Thutmose, and this weakened his claim to the throne.

Although Intermarriage was a common tradition among Egyptian royalty to safeguard the bloodline, Thutmose II chose to marry his fully royal half-sister, Hatshepsut, to secure his kingship.

Thutmose II reign was short lived, he died three years into his reign (circa 1482 to 1479 BCE) at the age of 16, but his wife Hatsheput went on to become one of the most powerful queens in Egyptian history and ruled as pharaoh for around two decades before her death.

She became the first female Pharaoh in Egypt and overshadowed the rule of Thutmose II, her half-brother and husband.

Thutmose II’s mummy was initially found at Deir el-Bahari, but his own tomb, however, was never found.

Deir el-Bahari is located at the banks of the River Nile, and it is close to famous archaeological sites like Karnak and Luxor.

Deir el-Bahari is a massive complex of royal tombs including the renowned Mortuary Tomb of his wife, Hatshepsut.

It also houses other monuments which give us an insight into ancient Egyptian history.

Professor Andrejz Niwiński and his team were working at Deir el-Bahari when they discovered this stone box entirely by chance.

Since its discovery, many archaeologists have suggested that Pharaoh Thutmose II’s tomb is buried somewhere inside the Deir el-Bahari complex and this discovery may indicate the lost tomb of Pharaoh Thutmose II, who died over 3,500 years ago.

When Professor Andrejz Niwiński was questioned about the likelihood of discovering Pharaoh Thutmose II’s tomb, he said:

“The royal deposit proves the fact that either a temple was established in the king’s name or the king’s tomb, but since we are in the center of the royal cemetery, it is definitely a tomb. Finding this deposit indicates that we are in the process of discovering the tomb.”

The Mysterious Stone Chest

The stone chest is 40 cm (16 inches) high and wide and was found buried among some debris, and it could have easily been mistaken for a block that was used in ancient times for building. Prof Niwiński told journalists that

“Only after a closer look did it turn out to be a chest.”

The stone box contained some unusual items that were carefully wrapped in linen canvas. There were three bundles of these linen-wrapped items that contained the skeleton of goose, a goose’s egg and an ibis egg.

It was almost certain that the skeleton of the goose was sacrificed for religious purposes.

Although this groundbreaking discovery happened in March 2019, it was only recently made public in March 2020, and Prof Niwiński and his team of archaeologists have since focused their efforts on finding Thutmose II’s tomb.

The Wooden Chest Found At the Excavation Site

The Polish archaeologist, Prof Niwiński and his team found a bundle of linen canvas lying next to the stone casket at the excavation site.

Inside the bundle, a small wooden trinket box was found. It had the shape of an ancient Egyptian mortuary chapel.

This wooden chest was inscribed with the name of the Pharaoh Thutmose II—husband (and step-brother) to the “queen who would be king,” Hatshepsut.

Thutmose II’s name and the nature of the artefacts that were uncovered perplexed Prof Niwiński and his team.

All the artefacts indicated that the box belonged to a member of a royal family, and the symbolism of the items found confirmed Prof Niwiński’s suspicion that it was a royal deposit associated with Thutmose II.

He told News outlets like the Medical News and Polish Press Agency (PAP) that the royal deposit indicates a temple or a tomb was being raised in the Pharaoh Thutmose II’s name and contains clues that unravel the location of the tomb of the king has been lost for more than 3500 years.

While speaking to The Daily Express in March 2020, Prof Niwiński said:

“Because we are in the middle of the royal cemetery, then it most definitely would have been a tomb. The boxes indicate that at some time Thutmose was buried in the cemetery.”

The location of the tomb of Pharaoh Thutmose II has been lost for over 3,500 years now, but Professor Niwiński is certain it is “very close”.

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