Renowned Egyptologist Believes He Has Finally Found Queen Nefertiti’s Tomb
For years, archaeologists searched in vain for the tomb of the ancient Egyptian queen Neferneferuaten Nefertiti. Today, renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass believes he has finally made the coveted discovery.
Hawass is part of an Egyptian-led mission that announced in December that antiquities discovered around Luxor resembled amulets known to belong to King Tut. He also dug up the mummy in question that month on the west bank of Luxor.
“We already have DNA from the 18th Dynasty mummies from Akhenaten to Amenhotep II or III and there are two unnamed mummies labeled KV21a and b,” he said. Newsweek. “In October, we will be able to announce the discovery of the mummy of Ankhesenamun, the wife of Tutankhamun, and his mother, Nefertiti.”
“There is also in tomb KV35 the mummy of a 10-year-old boy,” he continued. “If this child is the brother of Tutankhamun and the son of Akhenaton, the problem posed by Nefertiti will be solved.”
Nefertiti lived between 1370 and 1330 BCE. She was the mother-in-law of King Tut and the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten, who reigned over a prosperous period. According National geographicAkhenaten converted the country into a monotheistic state worshiping the solar disk Aten, even moving the capital to a new city called Akhetaten, meaning “horizon of the god Aten”.
“His successors tried to erase his name and his legacy”, National geographic said. “His capital was abandoned and works of art in his image and name – and those of his family, including Nefertiti – were defaced. Their legacy would lie buried for millennia.
Nefertiti’s role as ruler is still under debate. “I always look for two things: [Nefertiti’s] grave and his body,” Hawass said, via Newsweek. “I truly believe that Nefertiti ruled Egypt for three years after Akhenaten died as Smenkhkare.”
Some have doubts about the potential discovery of Zawass. “I doubt that the [team] will find the mummy and original tomb of Nefertiti in Luxor for religious and political reasons,” said Hussein Abdel Baseer, director of the Bibliotheca Alexandria Museum of Antiquities. Al Monitor in 2021. “Finding Nefertiti’s tomb in the West Bank at Luxor is only possible if the mummies of Akhenaten and Nefertiti were moved from Amarna to Luxor at later times.”
Now we will have to wait and see.
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