Perhaps he unveiled one of the greatest mysteries of antiquity, the burial place of Nefertiti, the Tutankhamun “adoptive” mother. A British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves, claims to have identified two hidden doors in the walls of the tomb of the famous pharaoh. This would still unopened entrances that would lead to the grave of the beautiful Queen of Egypt, sought for centuries and never identified. The hypothesis – untested – is relaunched by the Times of London. Reeves, a scholar at the University of Arizona, has analyzed some high-resolution digital scans of the walls inside the tomb of Tutankhamen, unearthed in 1922 by Howard Carter in the Kings Valley. Thanks to the images found, he claims to have found the two entrances and one of these would lead to a “extraordinary discovery”.
The “pass” between the two chambers would never be identified because, Reeves believes, was decorated with religious scenes at an earlier date than the other three walls of the tomb of the young pharaoh and those decorations would serve as a ritual protection for the secret and most important part of the complex. “Only a woman member of the royal family at the time of the eighteenth dynasty could receive such honors, and that was Nefertiti,” said the archaeologist, who described his theories in an essay for the Amarna Royal Tombs Project. “It would not be surprising if in the project there were other rooms.”
The hypothesis has enchanted many scholars like Joyce Tyldesley, of the University of Manchester. “It would not be surprising if the grave had been designed for other rooms – he said – but I’d be surprised if it was the first burial place of Nefertiti, who died during the reign of her husband Akhenaton and then buried in the city of Amarna”. However, according to Tyldesley, in theory the queen’s body may have been moved by his stepson in Thebes, but doubts remain whether it was then buried near him in that part of the of the Kings Valley. In short, until further excavations, the resting place of Nefertiti still remain a mystery.