British Archaeologist Granted Permission to Hunt Down Nefertiti’s Resting Place

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Nefertiti1A British archaeologist has been given the go-ahead by Egyptian authorities to search Tutankhamun’s tomb for the final resting place of Nefertiti.

Nicholas Reeves, along with Mamdouh Eldamaty, the country’s Minister of Antiquities, and a group of experts will enter the boy king’s burial chamber on September 28, said ministry officials in a statement released to AFP.

Using state-of-the-art surveying equipment, Reeves is expected to begin searching cracks on the northern wall for a secret doorway leading to a previously undiscovered space.

Nefertiti has continued to capture our collective imagination throughout the ages. Yet no trace has ever been found of the legendary “beautiful one” who ruled across Egypt at her husband’s side.

Last month, the tantalizing theory swept armchair archaeologists the world over when Reeves published a report suggesting Nefertiti has been hiding in plain sight all along.

The hypothesis came after extensive analysis of high resolution images published online last year by Factum Arte, a Madrid-based art restoration specialist who helped create a facsimile of King Tut’s burial chamber in Luxor. In the scans, Reeves spotted cracks in the walls that could indicate two previously unrecognized “ghost” doorways lay behind.

“The implications are extraordinary, for, if digital appearance translates into physical reality, it seems we are now faced not merely with the prospect of a new, Tutankhamun-era storeroom to the west; to the north (there) appears to be signaled a continuation of tomb KV 62 (Tutankhamun’s tomb), and within these uncharted depths an earlier royal interment — that of Nefertiti herself,” he wrote.

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