Tutankhamun died unexpectedly at the age of just 19 years. (Photo: Getty)
Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered about 100 years ago in 1922
Tutankhamun died unexpectedly at the age of just 19 years
Nefertiti’s tomb remains missing
Tutankhamun, the ancient Egyptian King, hides more secrets than previously thought.
A British Egyptologist now claims that the tomb of Tutankhamun, discovered about 100 years ago in 1922, has clues that could support the age-old theory that Egyptian queen Nefertiti lies in a hidden chamber next to her stepson. While the theory is yet to be proven, there are new clues supporting it.
In a report published in The Guardian, Egyptologists claim drawings showing Tutankhamun being buried by his pharaonic successor, Ay, painted over drawings of Tutankhamun burying Nefertiti. The later drawings, reportedly, show them performing the ritual of “opening the mouth” of the mummy, to restore the deceased’s five senses.
Tomb of mummy Pharaoh Tutankhamun at the Valley of the Kings. (Photo: Getty)
“I can now show that, under the cartouches of Ay, are cartouches of Tutankhamun himself, proving that that scene originally showed Tutankhamun burying his predecessor, Nefertiti. You would not have had that decoration in the tomb of Tutankhamun,” Nicholas Reeves, a former curator in the British Museum’s Department of Egyptian Antiquities, told The Guardian.
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Nefertiti was the principal wife of Akhenaten and stepmother of Tutankhamun. Her burial tomb has never been found and archeologists across the world, who are interested in ancient Egyptian civilization, have long been interested in finding it.
Doctor Zahi Hawass, then secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities looks at the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun. (Photo: Getty)
When discovered, Tutankhamun’s tomb had chairs and chariots, treasures, and other luxuries he would need in the afterlife, when he died unexpectedly at the age of just 19 years. Reeves claimed that Tutankhamun’s tomb is merely the outer section of a much larger tomb “prepared for and still occupied by” Nefertiti.
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“It’s very easy just to write this off as sheer fantasy, but I’ve discovered that the decoration of the wall in the burial chamber had been changed. We’ve always been puzzled by Tutankhamun’s tomb because of its strange shape. It’s very small, and not what we’d expect of a king,” he added.
Archeologists have been conducting genetic tests since 2007 to find the lost queen and have so far tested 16 royal mummies. While they have been identified as Tut’s grandparents, his parents, and his wife, there is no evidence of his stepmother as the search continues.
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