Queen Nefertiti’s tomb has never been found, but recent high-definition scans by archaeologists show it is possible the former Queen of Egypt may be entombed in a secret chamber hidden behind King Tut’s tomb.
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Queen Nefertiti was known as Lady of the Two Lands. As the mother of the young King Tutankhamun, she ruled alongside her young son as Egypt’s queen. Her visage has been immortalized in many a statue, but to this day no one is certain where her remains are buried. That is, perhaps, until now.
King Tut’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings may have been discovered many years ago in 1922, but Nicholas Reeves, an English archaeologist at the University of Arizona, believes he has discovered an unnoticed secret doorway which may have been blocked up by the tomb builders in ancient Egypt. If Reeves’ theory is correct, it is possible Queen Nefertiti’s tomb may be contained in an undisturbed burial chamber.
“The implications are extraordinary,” he wrote. “If digital appearance translates into physical reality, it seems we are now faced not merely with the prospect of a new, Tutankhamun-era store room to the west; to the north appears to be signalled a continuation of tomb KV62, and within these uncharted depths an earlier royal interment — that of Nefertiti herself, celebrated consort, co-regent, and eventual successor of pharaoh Akhenaten.”
The secret opening appears to have been decorated with religious scenes intended to confer protection on the burial chamber beyond. The scans of the wall also indicate it was created at an earlier time than the rest of King Tut’s tomb.
“Only one female royal of the late 18th Dynasty is known to have received such honours [sic], and that is Nefertiti,” Reeves wrote in a report published by the Armana Royal Tombs Project.
Previously, most scholars thought Queen Nefertiti would have been buried in Amarna, the capital city created by her husband. According to the Australian, Joyce Tyldesley, senior lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Manchester, agrees with Reeves that his theory needs to be investigated further, but still believes in the prevailing theory.
“I would be very surprised if this tomb was built to house the original, or first, burial of Nefertiti, as it seems to me that it is highly likely that she died during her husband’s reign and so would have been buried at Amarna, the city purpose-built by Akhenaten in Middle Egypt,” she wrote. “Whether or not her body was subsequently transported to Thebes by Tutankhamun, who may have been her son, is difficult to say. There is good evidence that he did move some of the Amarna royal bodies. But I would have expected her to be buried somewhere in the Western Valley, rather than in the center of the Valley of the Kings.”
Ahmed Motawea, director of the development of archeological sites section at the ministry of Antiquities, also believes Queen Nefertiti would have been buried elsewhere.
“Since it was discovered, there have been lots of photo scans and excavations at the site of King Tutankhamun tomb by Egyptians and foreign Egyptologists and nothing was discovered,” Motawea said. “In my opinion the claims are not logical as Nefertiti lived in Amarna, the capital of Akhenaton, and her relation was cut with the Valley of the Kings and Queens in Luxor after Akhenaton changed the worship of God Amon to Aton.”
So when will Egypt investigate whether Queen Nefertiti has been found? Reeves believes in his theory so much, partially because he “spent the past year trying to prove that it was not the case.”
“This is a theory,” he cautioned. “It’s pretty well founded, in that it is based on photographic facts. But it is only a theory.”
Egyptian officials are also being cautious about the claim.
“No measurements have been taken to prove the theory yet,” said Yasmin El Shazly, a deputy of minister for antiquities, according to the Telegraph.
One of the reasons that it’s possible Queen Nefertiti’s tomb is located next to King Tut is because archaeologists have always considered the room to be fairly small. King Tutankhamun’s tomb is actually about the size of an antechamber, so it is possible the last resting place of Queen Nefertiti may contain treasures far beyond what was discovered in 1922. Around 2,000 objects were recovered at the time, but if Egyptian authorities investigate it’s possible they will unearth a whole new level of archaeological treasure.
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