|Seated deities from the tomb of Ramesses VII|
Ramses VII and Ramses VIII
Ramses VII succeeded his father, Ramses VI, in 1133 BC. Little is known of the seven or so years of his reign. Egypt was economically unstable and prices soared, as evidenced in the records on papyri and ostraka from the workmen's village at Deir el-Medina. Everywhere there was unrest. The sites of administration and the capital lay probably in the Delta where almost 100 years earlier Ramses II had founded several cities. Although Ramses VII had a tomb in the Valley of the Kings (KV 1), it actually lies well away from the main nucleus in the Eastern Valley, beyond the tomb of Ramses IV. It has apparently been open since antiquity and the king's body has not been discovered.
Ramses VIII, who probably reigned only for a year, was a son of Ramses III. That he should have succeeded a son of Ramses VI is perhaps indicative of a continuing problem of the rightful succession. He has no known tomb or identifiable mummy.
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