A newly revised book by a British archaeologist has provided new evidence that Tutankhamun’s tomb, discovered in Egypt 100 years ago, is just an antechamber and that it also includes the tomb of the legendary queen, Nefertiti.
Muga Quotes”The TimesBritish archaeologist that exactly 100 years ago today, a team led by Howard Carter, a British archaeologist, discovered a stone chamber in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, in which the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun.
The magazine says that if the British scientist continued to dig at the time, he could have discovered a prize greater than the tomb of the king, such as the tomb of Queen Nefertiti.
Dr. Nicholas Reeves told The Times. “I am suggesting that the most famous woman of the ancient world is buried there as well.”
Carter estimated that a large part of the luxurious burial items buried with Tutankhamun were stolen before his discovery of the site in 1922, but if Reeves is right, the artifacts that are said to have been stolen may be buried with Nefertiti, according to the magazine.
Nefertiti was the main consort of the pharaoh Akhenaten, who ruled in the 14th century BC. Known as the “Lady of All Women” and “Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt”, she lived during the richest period in ancient Egypt.
Some scholars believe she was buried in Amarna, the capital founded by her husband, while others have argued about the identities of two mummies found 250 miles above the river in the Valley of the Kings.
Part of the new evidence includes a set of hieroglyphs symbolizing the sovereign’s name – painted on the north wall of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber.
In The Complete Tutankhamun’s Book: 100 Years of Discovery, a revised edition of a book first published 30 years ago and in print ever since, Reeves describes how each symbol refers to Ai, who was Tutankhamun’s successor as a pharaoh. It is part of a larger panel showing Ay presiding over Tutankhamun’s funeral rites.
But Reeves believes that the icons show that the person performing the funeral rites was not I but Tutankhamun himself, implying that these illustrations originally showed Tutankhamun burying his predecessor – Nefertiti – because the room was originally part of her resting place.
He indicates that the Egyptians improvised and that Tutankhamun was placed in an improvised burial chamber in the front portico of a structure built for Nefertiti.
Archaeologists were baffled by the modest size of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, which has roughly the same dimensions as the antechamber, and Reeves’ theory gained momentum in 2016, according to the magazine.
Mamdouh El-Damaty, who was then Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, said there was a “about 90 percent chance” that there was “another room, another tomb” waiting to be found behind the northern wall, according to the report.
Reeves added: “Borcelli has never been willing to share his data, evaluate it independently (…) There are other people, other radar specialists saying, ‘We disagree, something is happening.'”
And Queen Nefertiti, whose name means “the beautiful came”, is the wife of King Amenhotep IV (who later became Akhenaten), the famous Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty, and she was considered one of the most powerful women in ancient Egypt.