SEEKING NEFERTITI


The identity of the mummy of one of the most famous women to have ever lived on our planet is still eluding Egyptologists.

The most promising candidate is the mummy pictured above. She is known as The Younger Lady.

She was found by Victor Loret in 1898. DNA testing has confirmed that whoever this woman is, she was Tutankhamun’s mother and the daughter of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Could she be Nefertiti?

As you can see, her mummy has been ravaged by the chaos of time. Tomb robbers who disturbed her during antiquity managed to dismember her right arm and collapse her chest wall.

The injury to her jaw, at first glance, seems to have also been caused post-mortem. However, recent studies have shown that the wound was caused before death and was almost certainly lethal.

It is possible that this is the mummy of Nebetah or Beketaten, daughters of Amenhotep III. Meritaten is also another possible candidate. She was a daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti.

It may be impossible to conclusively identity exactly who the mummy belongs to. Until some huge breakthrough is made her identity will remain a mystery. Hopefully, someday we will know.

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