Connie Tindale


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Prince Amun-her-Khopshef and his father Ramses III

The tomb of Prince Amun-her-Khopshef lies in the Valley of the Queens which is to the south of the Theban Hills on the west bank of the River Nile.. Tickets are available on site and cost 35 le to see any three open tombs including this one. Opening times are 7.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. in the winter and 7.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. in the summer.          


Ernesto Schiapaelli discovered this tomb during the Italian expedition’s second diggings in the Valley 1903.  Although, like many other tombs it had been looted probably not long after its completion, its structure and decorations were in good condition.  The basic shape of the tomb is similar to that of Prince Khaemwaset, a straight corridor leading first to an antechamber and then to the burial chamber.  There are single annexes leading from both rooms. 

The main theme of the tomb paintings is Ramses III introducing his son to various gods and there are some fine paintings of him wearing a serpent crown.  Amun-her-Khepshef is shown with his hair in a side lock, like that shown below, which was a style worn by children.  From this, we can assume that he, like many of his brothers, died in childhood and although estimates of his age at death vary, it is likely that it occurred when he was around fifteen years old. 

He was not one of Ramses III senior sons but he did hold many titles and is shown both in his tomb and in the Medinet Habu as being a fan-bearer on the right-hand side of his father, which was a position of importance that several of his brothers held.

At the rear of this tomb is a case which holds a mummified foetus that myth ascribed to a miscarriage his mother (possibly Queen Tyti) had on hearing the news of his death.  This is an interesting tale but that is all it is because later studies have discovered that the foetus was moved there from another tomb early in the 20th Century.