On December 6th 1913, Ludwig Borchardt and a German team of archaeologists discovered a unique looking sculpture. It was buried upside down in amongst sandy rubble on the floor of an ancient workshop in the abandoned city of Amarna.
As it was pried up from the floor, the men who heaved it from its ancient place noticed it had a long, slender neck, a gorgeous symmetrical face and an obvious royal headdress.
Nefertiti was found.
Borchardt’s team recovered many beautiful artefacts at the workshop in Amarna and had an agreement with the Egyptian government to split the findings, with Nefertiti being a part of the German share.
The bust was then given to Jacques Simon (the expedition’s funder) who displayed it in his private collection. Then in 1922, Tutankhamun’s tomb was found and the whole world went Egypt-mad. After this renewed interest in Egyptian history, Nefertiti’s Bust was put on display in the Neues Museum in Berlin.
Where she rests to this day.