National Geographic : 1907 Dec
AMERICAN DISCOVERIES IN EGYPT 8oi Gold Necklace Found by Mr Davis in the Tomb of Queen Tiyi, January, 1907 AMERICAN DISCOVERIES IN EGYPT IN a recent address to the National Geographic Society, Mr Theodore M. Davis, of Newport, gave an interesting description of his discovery and opening *ofthe tomb of Queen Tiyi in the Valley of the Tombs, Egypt, in January, 1907. Queen Tiyi was one of the most romantic personages in Ancient Egypt, and, though not of noble birth, because of her beauty became the Queen of Amenhotep II. She ruled at a time when Egypt was at the height of its fame and wealth, and both she and her husband vastly increased the power of the kingdom. Queen Tiyi, however, was not sympathetic with the ancient religion, and through her influ ,ence her son, Akhnaton, who ruled for nearly thirty years, abandoned the Egyp tian gods and endeavored to establish a belief in one God. According to Mr Davis, Akhnaton was the first ruler in authentic history who argued that there was only 'one God. His influence was, however, unfortunate from a material point of view, as he lived in seclusion and devoted himself almost entirely to meditation, with the result that the empire dwindled away during his reign. The mummy of Queen Tiyi was found in a golden coffin made in human form and richly studded with jewels and pre cious stones. A vulture diadem of gold was placed around her head and the body wrapped in sheets of gold. The tomb contained four canopic vases containing the queen's heart and intestines, beautiful alabaster vases and dishes, and exquisite inlaid furniture. Mr Davis is a man of means, who at his own expense has been carrying on ex plorations in Egypt for nearly 20 years. Two years prior to this last discovery he found the tombs of Queen Tiyi's father and mother, Uaa and Tuaa. His work is done solely for the benefit of science and the joy of discovery, as all his discoveries become the property of the Museum at Cairo.