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Is Nefertiti buried in Tutankhamun’s tomb?

Hidden doorways in an ancient Egyptian tomb may lead to the long-lost resting place of Queen Nefertiti, a scientist claims.

Is Nefertiti buried in Tutankhamun’s tomb?
The Egyptian queen Nefertiti was known as the "Lady of the Two Lands" 
[Credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images]
British-born archaeologist Dr Nicholas Reeves, based at the University of Arizona, made the claim after studying high-resolution scans of the walls of King Tutankhamun's burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings.

The scans are said to reveal two hidden entrances behind the painted plaster.

Is Nefertiti buried in Tutankhamun’s tomb?
A possible hidden door behind which it is believed 
the Queen's tomb may lie [Credit: Alamy]
One appeared to lead to a store room and the other a continuation of Tutankhamun's burial chamber. Dr Reeves believes the second door may open into the tomb of Nefertiti, supposed mother of Tutankhamun, the "boy king" of ancient Egypt.

If he is right, a chamber of treasures more magnificent even than the tomb of Tutankhamun awaits discovery.

Is Nefertiti buried in Tutankhamun’s tomb?
A diagram of King Tut's tomb showing the suspected locations 
of Nefertiti's tomb [Credit: Nicolas Reeves]
Dr Reeves wrote in a paper published by the Amarna Royal Tombs Project, which he heads: "Cautious evaluation of the ... scans over the course of several months has yielded results which are beyond intriguing: indications of two previously unknown doorways, one set within a larger partition wall and both seemingly untouched since antiquity. The implications are extraordinary."

The unusually small size of Tutankhamun's richly furnished burial chamber has puzzled archaeologists since its discovery in 1922.

It gives the impression of being an antechamber, rather than a tomb fit for a king. Dr Reeves suggests that it was built as an extension to another tomb belonging to Tutankhamun's mother.

Famed for her beauty, Nefertiti was the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten and ruled with him as Queen of Egypt in the 14th century BC.

She wielded enormous influence and may have been as powerful a figure as her husband - yet her tomb has never been found.

Source: Press Association [August 11, 2015]

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  1. Why would a queen be buried in the Valley of the Kings when there was a separate Valley of the Queens?

  2. @Ellen Thorne Morris
    >Why would a queen be buried in the Valley of the Kings when there was a separate Valley of the Queens?

    Disclaimer: I am not an Egyptologist or an Archaeologist, so I'm liable to be very wrong here. Take my ramblings with a pinch of salt. ESPECIALLY the final Paragraph.

    Nefertiti wouldn't be the first or only woman buried in the Valley of the Kings. Hatshepsut was buried in KV60 130 years before Tutankhamen, and moved to KV20. Queen Tiye, Tutankhamen's grandmother, was buried in KV35, her husband Amenhotep II's tomb, along with "The Younger Lady" who, although nameless, was Tutankhamen's mother.
    Tia'a, Hatshepsut-Meryetre and Tetisheri all had tombs in the Valley of the Kings as well.

    As you know, Pharoahs were polygamous, taking multiple wives, so it's possible that the Valley of the Kings contained female relatives and the Great Royal Wives of a male Pharoah, whilst the lesser wives were consigned to the Valley of the Queens, next door.

    If you subscribe to Christine El-Mahdy's theory from her book "Tutankhamen: The Life and Death of a Boy King", where she identifies Nefertiti with Smenkhkare, its possible she was hidden there as part of the general tidy up after all that embarrassing Aten worshipping business.

    Remember it's not been proven yet that Nefertiti is buried in chambers behind the walls yet, so if you really want to place an outside bet on what is there, then you should get astronomically high odds for betting that behind the wall is the mythical link to KV9 (Rameses V and Rameses VI) that runs above KV62 (Tutankhamen), which would probably consist of a 3 storey staircase with lots of painting and plastering equipment lying around, if Gerald O'Farrells "The Tutankhamen Deception" is to be believed.


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