Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Missing Resting Place of Egyptian queen Nefertiti may have been identified

The Lost Tomb of Egyptian queen Nefertiti may have been discovered, concealed behind the tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun, According to an English archaeologist , who suggests that the tomb of Tutankhamun, the most famous of Egypt's pharaohs, is concealing a solution that has puzzled researchers since its discovery more than 90 years ago. 

Dr. Nicholas Reeves of the University of Arizona told the Times of London that he believes he has discovered a secret doorway leading from the tomb of King Tut to that of Nefertiti, believed to be the boy-king's mother and one of the most powerful females of the ancient world.

Reeves told the Times that he found the bricked-up "ghosts" of the doorways after reviewing digital scans of the walls of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings, across the Nile River from Luxor in southern Egypt. He believes that one of the doorways leads to a little-used storeroom, but the other, on the north side of the tomb, leads to "the undisturbed burial of the tomb's rightful owner."

If Reeves is correct, the room that contains Tut's tomb -- discovered by English archaeologist Howard Carter to global acclaim in 1922 -- was built to be an antechamber to that of the more illustrious and alluring Nefertiti. It would also explain some facts about Tutankhamun's resting place that have worried researchers.

For one thing, the size of Tutankhamun's tomb is smaller than those of other Egyptian kings. Second, as Reeves states, many of the artifacts that have enraptured millions of museum visitors around the world are largely second-hand, having been recycled from earlier burials.

I found this discovery remarkable.

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