Legendary Queen Nefertiti Mummy Possibly Already Found Claims Leading Egyptian Archaeologist
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Queen Nefertiti, who died in 1331 B.C., was previously believed to have been buried in a large chamber behind a hidden door in the tomb of King Tutankhamun, yet a lengthy investigation of the tomb with the use of radar scans conclusively proved that there were no secret chambers.
The mummy of the legendary Queen Nefertiti, widely-known to have left a legacy of personal trademark beauty and power secrets, may be one of two mummies already found, a leading Egyptian archaeologist has claimed, writes The Telegraph.
Dr Zahi Hawass, who announced he was excavating a new site in the Valley of Kings to search for the tomb of Queen Nefertiti and Queen Ankhsenamun, the wife of Tutankhamun on Friday, admitted that the Queens may have already been found in Tomb KV21.
Dr Hawass insists that “modern DNA techniques” could be successfully used to identify Queen Nefertiti as one of two mummies discovered in the Valley of the Kings.
Speaking at a press preview of the exhibition Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, a collection of 150 treasures at the Saatchi Gallery in London on 1 November, Dr Hawass said:
Dr Hawass, who was the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities from 2002-2011 added:
On his website Dr Hawass said that if DNA analysis definitively identifies Nefertiti’s mummy that Egypt would commission CT scans of the head that would “reveal the most complete and accurate image of the queen.”
Tomb KV21, located in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, was initially found in 1817 by Giovanni Belzoni.
It contained the mummies of two women, thought to be Eighteenth Dynasty queens.
In 2010, a team headed by Zahi Hawass and including geneticist Carsten Pusch among others used DNA evidence to identify one mummy as the biological mother of the two foetuses preserved in the tomb of King Tutankhamun, yet archaeologists haven’t confirmed if this is Queen Ankhsenamun.
Archeologists have been on a quest to find the legendary Egyptian queen Nefertiti, who died in 1331 B.C., for years.
It was previously believed the female monarch could be buried inside a secret chamber within King Tutankhamun’s tomb.
AP Photo / Francois MoriA visitor walks by a wooden guardian statue of the Ka of the king wearing the Names Headcloth displayed as part of ‘Tutankhamun, the treasure of the Pharaoh’, an exhibition in partnership with the Grand Egyptian Museum at the Grande Halle of La Villette in Paris, France, Thursday, March 21, 2019.
However, last year the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry announced that a three year investigation that involved radar scans of the tomb conclusively proved that there were no secret chambers.