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Renowned Archaeologist Claims He May Have Found The Lost Mummy Of Queen Nefertiti

Renowned Archaeologist Claims He May Have Found The Lost Mummy Of Queen Nefertiti

Rediscovering a Legendary Queen

A prominent Egyptian archaeologist is in the spotlight with a major claim – he may have found the long-lost mummy of Queen Nefertiti. Zahi Hawass, a well-known Egyptologist and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs in Egypt, is confident that he will reveal Nefertiti’s mummy within the next few months.

Newsweek reports that Hawass has spent decades excavating ancient tombs in Egypt. In his recent search, which began in December 2021, he found two unidentified mummies, one of which he believes could be Queen Nefertiti, the mother of King Tutankhamun.

Hawass told El Independiente, “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. In October, we will be able to announce the discovery of the mummy of Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun’s wife, and his mother, Nefertiti. There is also, in tomb KV35, the mummy of a 10-year-old boy. If that child is the brother of Tutankhamun and the son of Akhenaten, the problem posed by Nefertiti will be solved.”

He added, “I am sure that I will reveal which of the two unnamed mummies could be Nefertiti.”

A Legacy of Power and Influence

Nefertiti, also known as Neferneferuaten Nefertiti, lived in ancient Egypt between 1370 and 1330 B.C.E. She was the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten and a strong supporter of his belief in the sun god Aten. Nefertiti was also the mother of Tutankhamun, better known as King Tut. Some historians, including Hawass, believe she may have ruled Egypt for three years after Akhenaten’s death under the name Smenkhkare.

Hawass is not just focused on finding Nefertiti’s mummy. He is also determined to uncover the mystery behind King Tut’s death. The young pharaoh ruled for only ten years before dying at nineteen. Modern CT scans of his remains showed various health issues, including malaria and congenital deformities, but the exact cause of his death is still unknown.

Hawass hinted that he may have new information on King Tut’s death. He told El Independiente, “We are in a position to provide new information about his death. Until now, we knew that he had an accident in his left leg, but we did not know if that was the reason for his death or if he was killed. A new scanning machine has allowed us to detect that he had an infection. If it is confirmed, I will announce before November that he died as a result of an accident.”

Quest for Ancient Secrets

Hawass also mentioned the ongoing search for Cleopatra in his interview with El Independiente. He believes her tomb is somewhere under the Mediterranean, near Alexandria, where she died.

While focused on the mystery of Queen Nefertiti’s mummy, Hawass clarified that finding Cleopatra’s tomb isn’t his main goal. Nevertheless, he remains hopeful to soon have more answers about Nefertiti. His dream is to locate the queen, and he states, “I hope that if God grants it to me, her discovery will take place this year.”

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