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Find of the Century: Queen Nefertiti’s Long-Lost Tomb Discovered

Archaeologist and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs of Egypt Zahi Hawass says that they have found the mummy of Queen Nefertiti.

Stone statues of pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt

Statues in front of the Temple of Hatshepsut in the Valley of the Kings. Photo: Shutterstock

 

Nefertiti was the queen during Egypt’s 18th dynasty (1300 BC). In this era, Egypt was at its most prosperous and powerful. Nefertiti was renowned for her beauty, which was captured in an iconic bust, now in the Neues Museum in Germany. However, Nefertiti was most famous for her marriage to the controversial pharaoh Akhenaten. The two attempted to reform the Egyptian religion by introducing a monotheistic religion to Egypt, based on the singular worship of the sun god Aten.

Nefertiti may have continued to reign for a couple of years after her husband Akhenaten’s death. Afterward, however, the next pharaoh, Tutankhamun, restored polytheism to Egypt.

Tutankhamun, popularly known as King Tut, was the son of Akhenaten and another wife. Nefertiti was his stepmother. Tut eventually married his half-sister, Ankhesenamun, who was Nefertiti’s daughter.

For the past seven years, archaeologists claimed to have found Nefertiti’s tomb. There were several cases of mistaken identity. Nothing was confirmed. Until, apparently, now.

Hawass currently leads excavations in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, where they uncovered two mummies, denoted KV21A and KV21B, in one tomb at the eastern end of the valley. This is not unusual: Many tombs in the Valley of the Kings hold several mummies. But these two are special.

“In October,” he promises, “we will be able to announce the discovery of the mummy of Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun’s wife, and her mother Nefertiti.”

The archaeological world waits expectantly, hoping for confirmation of the find of the century.

President Barack Obama tours the Pyramids with Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawass (left) back in 2009. Photo: Pete Souza/White House

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Kristine De Abreu

Kristine De Abreu is a writer at ExplorersWeb.

Kristine has been writing about Science, Mysteries and History for 4+ years. Prior to that, Kristine studied at the University of Leicester in the UK.

Based in Port-of-Spain, Kristine is also a literature teacher, avid reader, hiker, occasional photographer, an animal lover and shameless ramen addict.

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