Nefertiti, royal wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten, is one of the most famous queens of Egypt. She is famous for her beauty, especially for a painted bust of her dating back to the 14thAnd century before our era – Nefertiti is however far from having revealed all its secrets. Starting with her tomb and her mummy, which archaeologists struggle to find. Until today?
In an article published in Newsweek, the eminent Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, who has been digging ancient tombs for decades, says he has finally found this legendary mummy. While many expected the remains of Nefertiti, who died in 1331 BC J.-C., still lie in a large hidden chamber in the tomb of King Tutankhamun, the Egyptologist assures that the mummy was in fact discovered in … 1817.
On this date Giovanni Belzoni, a Venetian explorer and Egyptologist, updated a tomb, called KV21, located in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Its content? Two mysterious mummies, still unknown. Today, thanks to modern techniques, Zahi Hawass is convinced that he will soon reveal their identity: Nefertiti on the one hand, and Ankhesenamun, his daughter, on the other. A certainty according to him, especially since it was also discovered in a nearby burial, the KV35, the mummy of a 10-year-old child. “If this child is Tutankhamun’s brother and Akhenaten’s son, Nefertiti’s problem will be solved”concludes the Egyptologist.
Nefertiti, more than a queen
Although Nefertiti is best known for the many praises of her beauty that have passed through the centuries, she was also an influential queen. She had a say in the affairs of state and in the establishment of the cult of Aten – this God erected into a single cult by Akhenaten in the 14th century.And century before our era, causing a real upheaval in the country.
Nefertiti also enjoys a status and visibility that no other woman has known in Egyptian history, explains National Geographic. She is represented on buildings, in sculpture and even becomes a kind of “Chief priestess and ideological muse” to the glory of Aten, who stabilizes the reign of the reforming Pharaoh in action.
For some, he even pulled the strings of power to lead the country after Akhenaten’s death. Yet another mystery for Egyptologists to solve.