Larchaeologists may have the discovery of the year. Zahi Hawass, who has studied Egyptian history and excavated ancient tombs for decades, recently said he was certain a mummy he is currently studying will turn out to be that of Queen Nefertiti, reports Slate. “I’m sure I’ll reveal Nefertiti’s mummy in a month or two,” he told the Spanish newspaper. El Independiente.
Queen Nefertiti, who lived between 1370 and 1330 BCE, was the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten. “I’m still looking for two things: the tomb and her body,” says Zahi Hawass, “I truly believe that Nefertiti ruled Egypt for three years after Akhenaten died as Smenkhkare,” he assures. The mummified remains of several pharaohs have been discovered but, at present, Nefertiti has not been identified. “In October, we will be able to announce the discovery of the mummy of Ankhesenamun, wife of Tutankhamun, and his mother, Nefertiti. There is also in tomb KV35 the mummy of a 10-year-old boy. If this child is the brother of Tutankhamun and the son of Akhenaten, the problem posed by Nefertiti will be solved”, continues the eminent Egyptologist. “I’m sure I’ll reveal which of the two unnamed mummies might be Nefertiti.”
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Many expected the queen’s mummy to rest in Tutankham’s tomb but, according to Zahi Hawass, it had already been found in 1817 by explorer Giovanni Belzoni who had discovered a tomb, baptized KV21, where there were two mysterious mummies. Zahi Hawass is now convinced that it is Nefertiti and her daughter Ankhesenamun.