‘Lost’ Tomb of Nefertiti Said Found
Thirty-three centuries ago, she was the world’s most powerful women as well as, in all likelihood, its most beautiful, yet Egypt’s Queen Nefertiti remains one of the most enigmatic women who have ever lived. Though she ruled jointly with her husband Akhenaten, and left the world its lasting legacy of monotheism, she disappeared suddenly from history and no one has been able to determine exactly what happened to her. Now, however, English archaeologist Dr. Nicholas Reeves of the University of Arizona says he believes he has discovered her tomb.
High-resolution scans of the walls of the grave of Tutankhamun (King Tut), Reeves says, show the presence of hidden doors which he believes lead to the burial chamber of the lost queen. Nefertiti, Reeves argues, was the mother of King Tut, the so-called boy king. The tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings in 1922 by English explorer Howard Carter. Nefertiti’s tomb, Reeves believes, will be found to the right of Tut’s burial chamber. He expects the chamber to be even richer than that of Tut, which has been, until now, the most opulent ever discovered.
The artifacts in Tut’s tomb, according to Reeves, had been hastily assembled in a way inconsistent with a properly prepared royal tomb, but the chamber was, he believes, in fact, only an antechamber to the previously existing tomb of his mother. Nefertiti, Reeves says, ruled with her son as co-regent, under the name of Smenkhkare, and was the real power. He may well be right say other experts, such as professor Joyce Tyldesley, senior lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Manchester.
Nefertiti and her husband Akhenaten (also known as Amenhotep IV) established a new Egyptian capital city, Amarna, and replaced the traditional religion of many gods, led by Amun, with the worship of Aten, the sun god. After the death of Akhenaten, his followers were scattered and his city destroyed, but many believe the traditions and teachings of Akhenaten and Nefertiti were secretly passed down to loyal devotees, who ultimately became known as the Israelites. The traditions that led to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, it is claimed, were the real legacy of Egypt’s ‘heretic’ rulers.
Some, including Sigmund Freud, have argued that Moses, who, as the Bible tells us, was raised an Egyptian, was a follower of Akhenaten. Emanuel Velikovsky held similar views. Author Ralph Ellis (The King Jesus Trilogy), believes that ancient Hebrew history is actually Egyptian history in disguise. The Garden of Eden, for example, should be rendered ‘the Garden of Aten’ (a veiled reference to Amarna), and Adam and Eve, were really Akhenaten and Nefertiti, symbolically represented.
Another author, metallurgist Robert Feather (Black Holes in the Dead Sea Scrolls) has pointed to the Dead Sea Scrolls as establishing a strong connection with Amarna. The Copper Scroll, which provides detailed directions to an, as yet unfound, mysterious ancient treasure, he says, was made from the purest copper and came from an Egyptian mine which he has identified. The scroll’s instructions, he says, do not apply to the temple of Jerusalem, as is generally believed, but rather, with great precision, to long-lost Amarna. The Egyptian connection, he argues, was well understood, and consciously preserved, by the Essenes of Qumran.