Archaeologist Says King Tutankhamun's Death Mask Was Originally For Nefertiti And Not The Boy-King

Jan Omega

Over the decades, archaeology has improved because of major advancements in its methods. Incorporating better techniques and better technology, archaeologists are making new discoveries not just from excavations, but also from re-studying previously discovered artifacts. A prime example of such is best seen with the Shigir Idol. Archaeologists now know that the etchings on the world's oldest wood statue may actually be the story of the beginning of the world specifically told in the Book of Enoch.

Sometimes, however, new archaeological techniques are not necessary to discover something new. Just through re-examination, one archaeologist is making an interesting theory pertaining to Tutankhamun's tomb. It is claimed that said treasures may not actually belong to the famous boy-king of Egypt. As a matter of fact, the artifacts may actually be originally made for his stepmother Nefertiti. This also includes the most famous artifact from Tutankhamun's tomb, the death mask.

According to a report by Ancient Origins, British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves made it known that he believes Tutankhamun's treasures really belonged to Nefertiti during a press conference held on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at the State Information Authority in Heliopolis. He came up with his conclusions after viewing King Tutankhamun's death mask when it was remounted years ago in a museum. The peculiar detail he found was that the face was made independent of the opposite side.

"I thought that it was very strange and may just be a technical feature. It is very unusual."
"There is no image of any ancient Egyptian king wearing earrings. But the funerary mask has holes to hang earrings."
"Looking at the mask again I can see that the inscription on the cartouch has been changed, meaning that all these treasures found in Tutankhamun's tomb were originally made for Nefertiti as a co-regent to her husband king Akhenaten, and not for Tutankhamun as previously thought."

Nicholas Reeves' theory that Tutankhamun's treasures (or at least 80 percent of them) belonged to Nefertiti is interesting on its own, but it is the other part of his theory that really got everyone's attention, as reported by Ahram Online. Reeves believes Nefertiti's final resting place actually hides behind Tutankhamun's burial chamber, which is why Tutankhamun's tomb had a lot of her artifacts. Mamdouh Eldamaty, the Minister of Antiquities, gave insight on possibly finding out if Reeves' theory is true.

"For now, we have to wait until the end of November to confirm the existence of a hidden chamber. At that time, radar and thermal imaging will be used to scan the tomb, differentiating between bedrock and artificial walls. Even if he finds a hidden passageway, that doesn't mean that digging will begin immediately."

[Featured Image via Hannes Magerstaedt/Stringer/Getty, 1st Post Image via Philip Pikart/Wikipedia Commons, 2nd post Image via Ahram Online]