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.”