Queen Nefertiti: Has the tomb of Tutankhamun’s mother been found hiding in plain sight?
A British archaeologist by the name of Nicholas Reeves may have just solved one of the most enduring mysteries of ancient Egypt. His groundbreaking research suggests that in the tomb of Tutankhamun, the most famous of Egypt’s pharaohs, is hiding a secret that has eluded researchers since its discovery more than 90 years ago.
- Dr. Nicholas Reeves analysed high-resolution scans of the walls of Tutankhamun’s grave
- Dr Reeves says he found ‘ghosts’ of doors that tomb builders blocked
- The door on the north side contains ‘the undisturbed burial of the tomb’s original owner – Nefertiti
The body known as the “younger lady” is suspected to be Nefertiti, if proven it could also place her as the mother to Tutankamun as the mummy is the biological mother of the boy king.
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 women of the ancient world. The legendary beauty ruled alongside Pharaoh Akhenaten in 14BC. During her reign she accrued status as an icon of power and elegance. Despite her prominence in ancient Egyptian history, her resting place has remained a mystery – until now. Reeves told the Times that he discovered the bricked-up “ghosts” of the doorways after examining 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 containing 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 glamorous Nefertiti. It would also explain some facts about Tutankhamun’s resting place that have puzzled researchers. For one thing, the size of Tutankhamun’s tomb is smaller than those of other Egyptian kings. Second, as Reeves writes, many of the artifacts that have enraptured millions of museum visitors around the world are largely second-hand, having been recycled from earlier burials. Finally, the opening in question appears to have been decorated with religious scenes at an earlier date than the other three walls of Tutankhamen’s tomb. The scenes would have been meant to confer protection on the room beyond.
Tomb robbers plundered the space in the months following the boy King’s death, though Reeves believes Nefertiti’s chamber was “already forgotten, perhaps, and more likely, the robbers simply had insufficient time to investigate, choosing to focus instead on those abundant riches readily to hand.” Three-and-a-half thousand years later the now famed archaeologist Howard Carter unearthed the King’s majestic tomb, but, says Reeves: “he lacked the technology to see beneath the tomb’s painted walls. “Accepting the oddly positioned rock-cut niches as evidence that the Burial Chamber’s walls were completely solid, he brought his search to a close – wholly unaware that a more significant find by far may have been lying but inches from his grasp.”
Here is the link to Dr. Nicholas Reeves paper published on Academia.edu
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