British archeologist Dr Nicholas Reeves of the University of Arizona thinks he may have finally discovered the missing tomb of Queen Nefertiti, one of the famous women in history, behind a secret door in Tutankhamun’s tomb . If true, it could be one of the most important find since Tut’s tomb was discovered nearly 100 years ago by Howard Carter in 1922 Although researchers throughout the world are excited by the possibility, many remain skeptical after a previously discovered mummy in the same complex turned out to be Queen Tiye, the Boy King ‘s grandmother (and Nefertiti’s mother-in-law).
The tomb of Tutankhamun has been a puzzle for archaeologists ever since archaeologist Howard Carter famously discovered it in 1922. It is comprised of four rooms, but it’s much smaller than those of other pharaohs. Scientists have also found that it was constructed and decorated in stages. In addition, they have also been puzzled by the fact that his tomb “gives the impression of being an antechamber, rather than a tomb fit for a king.” As a result Reeves has hinted at the possibility that it may have been constructed as an extension to another tomb, which he now believes may be the long lost burial site of Nefertiti, herself.
Known formally as Neferneferuaten Nefertiti, (Beauties of Aten, The beautiful One Has come) her many royal titles include Hereditary Princess; Great of Praises; Lady of Grace, Sweet of Love; Lady of The Two Lands; Main King’s Wife, his beloved; Great King’s Wife, his beloved; Lady of all Women and Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt. She was also one of the most powerful women in the ancient world, even surpassing Cleopatra, as the Great Royal Wife (chief consort) of Akhenaten who ruled at the height of the country’s power, in the years of the late 18th Dynasty, as well as the mother of Tutankhamun, Akhenaten, served as king for 17-years and is most noted for trying to abandon the traditional Egyptian polytheisic religious by introducing worship of a single god known as the Aten, a movement quickly rejected by his people upon his death. In fact, some historians believe she may have even ruled for a short time as Neferneferuaten after her husband’s death and before the accession of Tutankhamun,
Note: The iconic bust of Nefertiti is one of the most recognized works of art from ancient Egypt, as well as one of the most copied. Believed to have been sculpted by Thutmose the original 3,300-year-old painted limestone bust is part of the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection, currently on display in the Neues Museum.