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Egypt Continues to Search for Nefertiti Daughter's Tomb

Egypt Continues to Search for Nefertiti Daughter's Tomb

Saturday, 20 January, 2018 - 09:30
Nefertit. Asharq Al-Awsat Arabic.

Egypt continues to search for the wife of King Tutankhamun in Valley of the Kings, Luxor. Archaeologist and former Egyptian minister for antiquities Zahi Hawass announced the start of the dig on the site in search for the tomb of Ankhesenamun, Nefertiti daughter and Tutankhamun's wife.

During a phone-call with Asharq Al-Awsat, Hawass stated that there are strong indications about the tomb and treasures of Tutankhamun’s wife who got married, after his death, to civil ruler Ay.

He noted that he had personally found in previous drills in the Valley of the Monkeys year 2010 five archaeological deposits that hint on the site of the tomb.

Hawass said earlier that he and his research team launched in January 2018 excavations at the Valley of the Monkeys, a side valley in the area of the Valley of the Kings.

The focus of the excavations is in the area in close proximity to the tomb of Ay, Tutankhamun's successor – the radar scans in the area detected the presence of a possible entrance to a tomb at a depth of five metres, according to Hawass.

Ankhesenamun is considered among the beautiful queens, and her name means “She lives through Amun.”

She was initially known through her birth name of Ankhesenpaaten meaning “She lives through the Aten”, before she let go her father’s Atenism religion.

Ankhesenamun was the third of six known daughters of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten and his Great Royal Wife Nefertiti.

Archaeologists believe that the queen was buried separately from her husband in another tomb in the Valley of the Kings, in which no mummy of her was found ans the debate over this topic still continues.

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