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Zahi Hawass claims that he has found the tomb of Queen Nefertiti

By T.K. Randall
September 21, 2022 · Comment icon 9 comments

Has Nefertiti been found at last ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Magnus Manske
The famed Egyptologist maintains that he has solved the millennia-old mystery of Nefertiti's whereabouts.
Famed for her beauty, Queen Nefertiti was a prominent figure in ancient Egypt's 18th Dynasty and reigned for years alongside her husband - the Pharaoh Akhenaten.

When he died, some experts believe that she may have continued to rule for a time under the name Neferneferuaten before the young Tutankhamen took over.

Over the years there have been many efforts to locate the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, but so far archaeologists have been unable to conclusively determine the whereabouts of her remains.

Back in 2015, Nicholas Reeves indicated that there could be a hidden chamber behind the walls of Tutankhamen's tomb in which the mummy of Nefertiti might be found, which at the time led to renewed interest in the search.

Sadly, though, scans of the tomb seemed to discount the presence of such a chamber.
Now famed Egyptologist and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs Zahi Hawass has reignited the debate once again by claiming that he has in fact discovered the whereabouts of Queen Nefertiti and intends to reveal everything he knows in the autumn.

His claim is believed to center around two unknown mummies found in the tomb KV21 in the Valley of the Kings. Both are the remains of women - possibly a mother and daughter - who date back to the correct time period, but so far a conclusive identification has remained elusive.

Hawass, however, now seems to believe that one of these mummies is indeed Queen Nefertiti.

"In October we will be able to announce the discovery of the mummy of Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun's wife, and her mother, Nefertiti," he told The Independent.

If he is actually able to prove this beyond any shadow of a doubt, it will be quite the discovery indeed.

We will need to wait until October, however, to find out exactly what he has learned.

Source: Jerusalem Post | Comments (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Wepwawet 1 year ago
I'm posting this in two threads because it cannot go into this thread and not into the Amarna thread also. Without the data, so speculating, I'll put forward this opinion on how this works with the DNA of all the relevant mummies, ie, KV21, 35, 55 and 62. The easy part is that Tutankhamun is the son of KV35YL and KV55, who are full siblings and children of Amunhotep III and Queen Tiye. The debate here is not on what the DNA says, but on giving names to KV35YL and KV55, ie, do we have Nefertiti and Akhenaten respectively. The DNA tests of various Amarna mummies conducted over a few years starti... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by DreadLordAvatar 1 year ago
Hawass has zero credibility.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 1 year ago
That's not true. He was falsely accused of crimes only because he was a friend of Hosni Mubarak.  All charges were dropped and he was offered his old post back but he did not want it at that point. He really is a good guy
Comment icon #4 Posted by Timothy 1 year ago
From OP article link: ‘"In October we will be able to announce the discovery of the mummy of Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun's wife, and her mother, Nefertiti," Hawass told The Independent.’ Let us see what happens in October… I just feel that Hawass’ claims seem very uncertain while at the same time claiming certainty.
Comment icon #5 Posted by ObjectReporter 1 year ago
Hawass is a grade-A, top-shelf a$$hole that nobody should be listening to. This guy needed to retire a decade ago.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 1 year ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by Silver Surfer 1 year ago
Oi what? I watched a doco of that guy going into a tomb and just treating it with no respect.. he's not an archaeologist he is an idiot 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 1 year ago
Was it a studio op with not-real artifacts in order to make the video? I mean, you can hate on the guy all you want, but he really is a highly regarded professional. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ell 1 year ago
So what was announced in October? Nothing?

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