Ramses VI - An Egyptian Pharaoh
- Ramses VI was a pharaoh who ruled during the years 1144 to 1137 B.C. He is believed to have usurped the throne from his nephew Ramses V. However, that is not a proven fact.The mummy of Ramses V was actually found in the tomb of Amenophis II. Not much is known about the reign of Ramses V. He is thought to have died at about the age of 35. Examination of the mummy of Ramses V has revealed evidence that he died of smallpox.The mummy of Ramses VI was put in the tomb of Ramses V. It had three chambers and Ramses VI had a fourth added. However, grave robbers broke into the crypt and stole many items. The mummy of Ramses VI was disfigured and priests relocated it to the tomb of Amenophis II (KV35). The mummies of Ramses IV and Ramses V have also been found in that tomb.Ramses VI had a daughter named Isis. She held the title of "god's wife of Amun".The Timnah mines were an important source of copper for Egypt in ancient times. The Timnah area is 25 km. north of Eilat, which is a port city located at the Red Sea. Ramses VI was the last Egyptian pharaoh to send a mining expedition to obtain copper from the ravines and cliffs in the Timnah area.A temple was at the site. Egyptians used it up to the reign of Ramses V (1148-1144 B.C.). However, the Midianites later used the temple. A Midianite copper snake figurine has been found in the ruins of the temple. Some Midianite pottery has also been discovered at the sites of mining camps that the Egyptians abandoned. That pottery dates from the 14th to the 12th century B.C.Ramses VII was a son of Ramses VI. He became the next pharaoh after Ramses VI died.These are two references:Chronicles of the Pharaohs by Peter Clayton. Thames & Hudson LTD, 1994.A History of Ancient Egypt by Nicolas Grimal. Blackwell Books, 1992.Neal Robbins
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