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Prominent Egyptologist Claims He Has Discovered the Lost Mummy of Queen Nefertiti
ARTnews ^ | September 19, 2022 | Tessa Solomon

Posted on 09/22/2022 7:06:44 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A prominent Egyptologist has boldly claimed to have solved one archaeology’s greatest mysteries: the location of Queen Nefertiti’s mummified remains.

Zahi Hawass, the previous Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs in Egypt, is part of the Egypt-led team that undertook a high-profile excavation in Luxor’s Valley of the Kings that allegedly uncovered amulets once owned by King Tut. The team announced last December that they had also unearthed several unnamed mummies, one of which Hawass believes is the famed ruler.

“We already have DNA from the 18th dynasty mummies, from Akhenaten to Amenhotep II or III, and there are two unnamed mummies labeled KV21a and b,” he told Newsweek. “In October we will be able to announce the discovery of the mummy of Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun’s wife, and her mother, Nefertiti.”

Related Articles Archaeologists crouch over a partially buried 'Very Important' Ancient Roman Site in England Could Soon Fall Into the Sea Palestinian Farmer Unearths 1,500-Year-Old Byzantine Mosaic in the Gaza Strip “There is also in tomb KV35 the mummy of a 10-year-old boy,” he said. “If that child is the brother of Tutankhamun and the son of Akhenaten, the problem posed by Nefertiti will be solved.”

Neferneferuaten Nefertiti ruled alongside her husband, Pharaoh Amenhotep IV, some 3,300 years ago during a period of affluence and immense social turmoil. Amenhotep IV converted the country from polytheism to a monotheistic cult dedicated to the sun’s disk, Aton. He changed his name to Akhenaten, meaning “beneficial to Aten,” and moved the capital from Thebes to a hastily built city named Akhetaten, meaning “horizon of the god Aten.” After his death, Egypt’s traditional culture was restored and most monuments to Akhenaten were defaced or destroyed. He was excluded from the lists of rulers maintained by the kingdom and the details of his and Nefertiti’s burials were obscured.

“I am still looking for two things: [Nefertiti’s] grave and her body,” Hawass said. “I really believe that Nefertiti ruled Egypt for three years after Akhenaten’s death under the name of Smenkhkare.”

Hawass’s alleged discovery of Nefertiti is the fourth in seven years. Most recently, archaeologist Nicholas Reeves proposed that the Egyptian Queen was hiding in a concealed chamber in the large tomb of the King Tutankhamun, which was unearthed in 1922. A more controversial theory, first publicized in 2003, claimed she was one of three unnamed mummies found within the tomb of Pharaoh Amenhotep II. Both theories have been dismissed by Egypt’s Ministry of Culture.

Hawass has faced his share of critism, too. In 2021, Egyptologist Bassam al-Shammaa told Al-Monitor that he doubts whether Hawass “will find the mummy and the original tomb of Nefertiti in Luxor for religious and political reasons, most notably among which is the enmity with the priests of Amun-Ra after her husband Akhenaten called for worshipping the god Aten and she supported him.”

He added: “There are many hurdles to the discovery of Nefertiti’s tomb, given her mysterious life about which only a little was revealed. It is said that ancient Egypt’s most famous figures are the most mysterious ones.”


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History
KEYWORDS: 18thdynasty; amarna; ancientautopsies; catastrophism; egypt; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; kv35; nefertiti; newkingdom; tessasolomon; zahihawass
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1 posted on 09/22/2022 7:06:44 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Hawass. Again.


2 posted on 09/22/2022 7:10:26 PM PDT by sauropod (Unbelief has nothing to say. Chance favors the prepared mind.)
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To: Daffynition; Red Badger
Hawass’s alleged discovery of Nefertiti is the fourth in seven years.

That gal really gets around.

3 posted on 09/22/2022 7:11:15 PM PDT by Ezekiel (🆘️ "Come fly with US". Ingenuity -- because the Son of David begins with Mars ♂️, aka every man.)
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To: nickcarraway

We have a mummy of our own...

residing in the White House right now. It’s more like a walking dead, as witnessed by how ‘it’ walks and has a dead stare.


4 posted on 09/22/2022 7:12:52 PM PDT by adorno
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To: nickcarraway

This guy is to Egyptology what fauci is to vaccines


5 posted on 09/22/2022 7:13:40 PM PDT by algore
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To: nickcarraway

She’s old, but as wiley as all get-out.


6 posted on 09/22/2022 7:17:33 PM PDT by Theophilous Meatyard III
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7 posted on 09/22/2022 7:22:47 PM PDT by Magnum44 (...against all enemies, foreign and domestic... )
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To: nickcarraway

Bkmk


8 posted on 09/22/2022 7:24:27 PM PDT by ptsal (Vote R.E.D. >>>Remove Every Democrat ***)
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To: sauropod

He’s the Geraldo of Egypt.


9 posted on 09/22/2022 7:24:47 PM PDT by HYPOCRACY (This is the dystopian future we've been waiting for!)
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10 posted on 09/22/2022 7:25:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion, or satire, or both.)
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Is that Nefre-titi?


11 posted on 09/22/2022 7:26:45 PM PDT by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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12 posted on 09/22/2022 7:28:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion, or satire, or both.)
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To: gitmo

Something like that, I think.


13 posted on 09/22/2022 7:29:20 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion, or satire, or both.)
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To: HYPOCRACY

Complete with Capone’s safe.


14 posted on 09/22/2022 7:29:58 PM PDT by sauropod (Unbelief has nothing to say. Chance favors the prepared mind.)
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To: nickcarraway

Bet it looks just like Pelosi.


15 posted on 09/22/2022 7:36:56 PM PDT by simpson96
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To: nickcarraway

Nefertiti pulled off one of the most amazing cover-ups in history.

She loses her oldest son the crown prince (Tutankhamen) suddenly (as does every Egyptian family in one night). She then suddenly loses her husband and most of the army, drowned in the Red Sea after expelling all of the Hebrews, which brought Egypt the affluence mentioned.

Egypt is powerless, having been defeated militarily, socially, morally, and economically; and her enemies are yet unaware what has happened. Their leader and army is at the bottom of the Red Sea.

She keeps her husband alive by propaganda, marries another to keep up appearances (name change), then changes the country to monotheism, because all of the Egyptian gods were defeated by plagues. The she moves the capitol in haste to complete the cover-up and for security; most likely to her traditional family land.


16 posted on 09/22/2022 7:45:10 PM PDT by Salvavida (“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”)
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To: nickcarraway

Hawass Is a conman. They have dna, that’s true. 70% of the UK shares dna with the Pharos. While only 3% of modern-day Egyptians share that same dna.


17 posted on 09/22/2022 7:49:54 PM PDT by youngidiot (Race is irrelevant to everyone except the racists )
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To: nickcarraway

Lost in translation...
“Nefertiti” is quite incorrect.
It is a “long i”.
Her name should be pronounced in the original
language as it was : “Never Tighty”


18 posted on 09/22/2022 8:00:37 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (t)
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To: Ezekiel

Maybe they were triplets.


19 posted on 09/22/2022 8:11:46 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: youngidiot

My wife, adult daughter and I saw him speak at a local library event about 6 weeks ago. We often had seen him on Discovery channels and my home-schooled daughter learned a fair bit about Egyptology from his programs; it was kind-of a treat to see him in person.
The lecture was mostly a slide show of him at sites, mostly with various celebrities and presidents. The main thing I recall is that he said “Josh Gates talks too much”. (Gates is a host of Discovery program ‘Expedition Unknown’ which has featured Hawass a few times).
He boosted his Egyptian tours, and sold books and autographs in the lobby (free with a book). We didn’t buy one, but it was still an entertaining evening (he really is full of himself).


20 posted on 09/22/2022 8:32:29 PM PDT by cephalopod (The sun shines bright in my new Kentucky home)
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