Nearly a century ago the discovery of a well-preserved tomb laden with priceless treasures of an Egyptian Pharaoh, created a stir.
It was the tomb of King Tutankhamen (King Tut), the boy pharaoh of Egypt. Recent research within the same tomb suggests that the tomb holds more secrets that could be as amazing as its initial discovery.
While archeologists had stumbled upon King Tut's tomb in 1912, they continued combing the valleys of Egypt. They were searching for the tomb of Egypt's most famous queen, Nefertiti. Could the secrets of King Tut's tomb provide clues to the final resting place of Nefertiti? Let's find out...
Archeologists had been trying to create a fake version of King Tut's tomb for tourists.
To map the existing room, they ran some scans using special heat and light sensing equipment. The results of the scan held an unexpected surprise. Scan data showed that a section of the northern wall of the tomb had different temperatures. This could only be possible if there are open spaces behind these sections of the wall.
Could there be a room or even two behind those walls? Could it contain even more treasures or maybe even Queen Nefertiti's tomb?
Egypt's Golden Empire
History of Ancient Egypt is very fascinating. Pharaoh Akhenaten was the powerful ruler of Egypt during the period 1353 to 1336 BC. Alongside his beloved and beautiful Queen Nefertiti, he oversaw a prosperous kingdom.
This was a period of major cultural upheaval. Akhenaten with Nefertiti's support created a political structure that forced people to worship the sun god Aten. According to records of the times, Nefertiti was elevated to the status of "Great Wife", almost an equal partner - a rare position for women in those times.
Nefertiti gave the king six daughters. However, it was Akhenaten's sister who gave the kingdom its heir Tutankhamen. Some historians believe that around this time Queen Nefertiti began to fall out of favor since she disappears from historical records. Others think she probably assumed a new name as she acquired more political authority.
After Akhenaten's death, King Tut succeeded as Egypt's Pharaoh, but he died unexpectedly at age 19. Records show that Egypt was ruled by a Queen after King Tut for 14 months before the empire completely breaks down. Could it have been Nefertiti? Nobody knows for sure.
While some historians believe Nefertiti may have been buried in a royal tomb in Armana where she lived with Akhenaten, none of her remains have been discovered to prove this theory. Records, however, hint that special rooms had been prepared for her burial. Some people think that the funeral equipment meant for Nefertiti was reused for the burial of King Tut when he died suddenly.
The new findings are very exciting and hold more questions than answers. Could they be the final resting places of Queen Nefertiti?
Courtesy: National Geographic, History.com