Egypt: Archeologist outlines hopes to notice Tomb of Nefertiti
The former Minister of Antiquities has been on the hunt for the Queen of the 18th Dynasty of Arab republic of egypt for years. Two years ago he told Express.co.u.k. that things were starting to heat up in the Valley of the Kings – where Howard Carter famously establish Tutankhamun in 1922. And now Dr Hawass has stated that he will announce a major discovery this month.
In the same interview, the 73-year-old highlighted that finding Nefertiti’southward tomb would be “the greatest discovery of the 21st century”.
And Egyptologist Dr Chris Naunton has told Express.co.uk that there is a possibility that he may have already found the terminal resting place of the Bully Royal Married woman of Pharaoh Akhenaten.
Speaking exclusively to Limited.co.uk, he said: “Information technology sounds like he’s already discovered something, but he’southward non quite prepare to reveal information technology.
“The all-time possible scenario would be that it’s clearly and plain the tomb of Nefertiti.
Nefertiti’s tomb could be found in the Valley of the Kings
Nefertiti was the Peachy Majestic Wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten
“Let’due south say it’due south intact, or near intact – in that scenario, we stand to learn a lot about one of the nearly fascinating and intriguing figures in history.
“Nosotros at present think she probably was pharaoh, which adds to the importance of her detect.
“It’s important to stress, though, that the tomb might be discovered and information technology might be unfinished, undecorated, violated, or suffered not bad impairment.”
Even if the announcement is not the discovery of a tomb, Dr Naunton says it could yet exist of great value to archaeologists.
He added: “Nosotros might only be looking at scraps and that would yet be very interesting.
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Dr Zahi Hawass will make an announcement this month
“If we could be clear that there was a tomb of Nefertiti in the Valley of the Kings, that in itself will be useful.
“Until he makes the announcement, we don’t know.”
DNA assay now points to Tutankhamun’s male parent being Pharaoh Akhenaten, reported to exist the mummy found in the tomb KV55 – across the route in the Valley of the Kings.
Some are arguing his mother was Nefertiti, and so Dr Naunton said her tomb discovery could “potentially” be as huge every bit Mr Carter’due south.
He explained: “What made that discovery so incredible was it was 99.9 percent intact and total of knock-out appurtenances.
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The former Government minister of Antiquities has been on the hunt for the Queen for years
“It all comes down to the difference between the excitement of finding treasure and the historical importance.
“If it turns out to be the tomb of Nefertiti that would be the about eye-catching and sensational discovery of the 21st century.
“Only it could tell usa a cracking deal nigh the missing patches of Ancient Egypt.
“If her body is in there then we can rule out lots of other candidates.”
In 1898, French Egyptologist Victor Loret discovered a mummy within tomb KV35 in the Luxor valley.
Through contempo Dna tests, this mummy has been identified as the mother of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, and a daughter of pharaoh Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye, suggesting Nefertiti may not be the mother of Tutankhamun.
Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922
Dr Hawass has connected to study King Tut
And Dr Naunton says another mummy discovery would throw a spanner in the works of that theory.
He continued: “Lots of other mummies have been said to be Nefertiti, if we observe one and it’s clearly hers, we can rule out those other possibilities.
“In that location’s also the tantalising possibility of finding something more out almost her identity and connection to other rulers through DNA analysis.
“At the moment there is a mummy of a female that has been shown through DNA assay to exist the mother of Tutankhamun.
“If that mummy is Nefertiti, then Nefertiti is Tutankhamun’s female parent.
“But if a new mummy was institute in a new tomb then nosotros tin exist clear that she was not Tutankhamun’s female parent.”