(photo)The 3298 years old mummified face of Pharaoh Seti I of Ancient Egypt (Kemet)
Egyptologist were delighted by the Mummaatric head of Seti I who is also known as Sety I of the New Kingdom's Nineteenth Dynasty, for its outstanding protection.
Menmaatre Seti I, pharaoh of the New Kingdom Nineteenth Dynasty in Egypt was a son of Ramesses I, his mother Sitre (daughter of Re) was a great royal wife. Seti I was a father of Ramesses II.
Pharaoh Set I was born in 1323BC and ruled Egypt from 1290 to 1279BCE, during his rule Egypt was in its affluent peaks. The name Seti means set which shows that he was devoted to the god Set also referred as "Seth".
Seti I was the father to one of the famous Pharaohs of Egypt, Pharaoh Ramesses II, The father of Set I, Ramesses I ruled for only two years.
The tomb of Pharaoh Seti I was found in the "Valley of Kings: known as KV17 by researcher Giovanni Battista on 16th of Octtober 1817 and it is the longest tomb at 137 meters.
Sooner or later Seti I's mummy was uncovered in the popular DB320 cache. The body of Seti I had already been taken off his tomb and positioned in a secret place in order to secure his remains. Seti I's body was again buried with many other popular rulers of Egypt (Kemet). Mummy of the pharaoh was well arranged and it was covered with a yellow shroud. But, the tomb looters had did mess up his bandages and destroyed his abdomen. Worse than that , Sety's head was cut off from the rest of his body. Luckily, his face survived intact. Today, the remains of Sety I can be found in the Cairo Museum, along with several other royal mummies.
THE LIFE AND ACHEIVEMENTS OF SETI I
Seti is known to be the second Pharaoh of the 19th Dynasty, and many consider him the greatest Pharaoh of the New Kingdom of Kemet.
He was a renowned military man, who followed in the footsteps of his father Ramses I who was married to Queen Sitre. He was very powerful, earning multiple titles, such as troop commander, vizier, and head archer.
He commanded the Egyptian army and went on multiple campaigns and battles, during the reign of his father and subsequently during his own reign.
After his father Ramses I died, he ascended the throne and took the name Menmaatre Seti I, as his official pharaoh name. The name meant “Established is the Justice of Re.”
He would later marry the daughter of one of his military lieutenants, named Tuya. Their marriage produced 4 offsprings. Their 3rd child, Ramses II would later become Pharaoh at around 1279 BC.
It is not fully clear how long Seti I ruled Egypt. The various translations and accounts puts it between 5 to 55 years.
Menmaatre Seti I was the Pharoah who returned Egypt to its lost glory of the 18th dynasty. He led military campaigns into Syria and Libya and expanded the Egyptian empire. He battled the Hittites and kept them from invading Egypt. His army was the first to battle the Hittites.
Before he became Pharaoh, his father, and others before him, had started the restoration of Egypt, from the damages it incurred during the reign of Pharaoh Akhenaten. Egyptians knew Seti I as the “Repeater of Births,” because he focused on bringing the relics of Egypt back to life.
Seti I continued the construction of the great hypostyle hall at Karnak, which was started by his father. The hall at Karnak, to date remains one of the most impressive monuments of the ancient architecture of Kemet.
He went ahead to also build a memorial temple at Abydos, which he dedicated to Osiris, and six other deities. The original colors of this temple still remain till today.
He is often regarded as the most preserved mummy in the world. It really shows.