Is Nefertiti in Tut’s Tomb?

(New Yorker) – Amy Davidson:

On the north wall of the burial chamber of a tomb known as KV-62, in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, there is a mural in which a dead pharaoh is depicted with a living one, who is performing a ceremony known as the Opening of the Mouth, meant to revive the pharaoh in the afterlife. The pharaohs’ names are painted in cartouches above the images – they are Tutankhamun, who reigned from about 1332 to 1323 B.C., and his successor, Ay.

But Nicholas Reeves, an Egyptologist at the University of Arizona, published a paper arguing that the north wall is, in more than one sense, false. Reeves believes that it is a blind, hiding a secret chamber, and that the painting on it was altered in ancient times to tell a lie about whose tomb this really is. There is, he writes, “powerful evidence that the original owner of Tutankhamun’s tomb had in fact been a royal woman.” He thinks that he knows which one: Nefertiti, and he suspects that her body is still lying behind the wall. …


Tutankhamun and Ay


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