People - Ancient Egypt: Ramesses VII (Usermaatresetepenre)
NEW KINGDOM 20th Dynasty (1136-1129) Extreme prosperity and renaissance in art and building projects mark the
beginning of this period. Towards the end of the 19th Dynasty the increasing power of the priesthood corrupts
the central government. During the 20th Dynasty tomb robbing is done by officials. The priesthood becomes
hereditary and begins to assume secular power. The government breaks down.
Ramesses VII (Usermaatresetepenre) in Tour Egypt
Ramesses VII is probably the son of Ramesses VI and was the sixth king of the 20th Dynasty. He
built a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, but there are no other monuments that he built. He did
have a son that did not live to succeed him.
Ramesses VII in Wikipedia
Usermaatre Meryamun Setepenre Ramesses VII (also written Ramses and Rameses) was the sixth pharaoh
of the 20th dynasty of Ancient Egypt. He reigned from about 1136 to 1129 BC and was the son of
Ramesses VI. Other dates for his reign are 1138-1131 BC. The Turin Accounting Papyrus 1907+1908
is dated to Year 7 of his reign and states that 11 full years passed from Year 5 of Ramesses VI to
Year 7 of his reign.
Ramesses VII's seventh year is also attested in Ostraca O. Strasbourg h 84 which is dated to II
Shemu of his 7th Regnal Year. In 1980, C.J. Eyre proposed that a Year 8 papyri belonged to the
reign of Ramesses VII. This papyri, dated anonymously to a Year 8 IV Shemu day 25, details the
record of the commissioning of some copper work and mentions 2 foreman at Deir El-Medina: Nekhemmut
and Hor[mose]. The foreman Hormose was previously attested in office only during the reign of
Ramesses IX while his father and predecessor in this post—a certain Ankherkhau—served in office from
the second decade of the reign of Ramesses III through to Year 4 of Ramesses VII where he is shown
acting with Nekhemmet and the scribe Horisheri. The new Year 8 papyri proves that Hormose
succeeded to his father's office as foreman by Year 8 of a certain king but Dominique Valbelle has
now argued that this document must rather be dated to the reign of Ramesses IX instead.
Since Ramesses VII's accession is known to have occurred around the end of III Peret, the king would
have ruled Egypt for 7 years and 5 months when this document was drawn up provided that it belonged
to his reign—something which is now in dispute. At any rate, his reign must have lasted for a
minimum of 6 years and 10 months—or nearly 7 full years—since the accession date of his successor
Ramesses VIII has been fixed by Amin Amer to an 8 month period between I Peret day 2 and I Akhet day
13. Ramesses VII could easily have died on III Peret during this large interval for a reign of 7
Very little is known about his reign, though it was evidently a period of turmoil as grain prices
soared to the highest level.
Ramesses VII was buried in Tomb KV1 upon his death. His mummy has never been found, though four cups
inscribed with the pharaoh's name were found in the "royal cache" in DB320 along with the remains of
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