Examining A Lost Queen | National Geographic | Summary and Q&A

July 12, 2007
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A team of forensic experts uses advanced technology to determine if two unidentified mummies could be Queen Nefertiti.

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Key Insights

  • 😉 Forensic experts are using modern technology to unravel the mystery surrounding the unidentified mummies found in the Valley of the Kings.
  • 💖 The identification of the younger lady mummy as Queen Nefertiti has sparked controversy among scholars.
  • 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Nefertiti was a powerful figure in ancient Egypt, potentially holding a position of co-regency with Pharaoh Akhenaten.
  • 😒 The use of CT scans provides unprecedented three-dimensional detail of the mummies' internal structures.
  • 🧑‍🔬 Scientists are cautious about making definitive claims until further analysis is conducted.
  • ❓ The debate surrounding the true identity of Queen Nefertiti continues to captivate the archaeological community.
  • 🪜 Nefertiti's disappearance after her reign adds to the mystique surrounding her and Akhenaten.


the Valley of the Kings a team of forensic experts is on the trail of Nefertiti and that lost amarna Dynasty led by Dr zahi Haas Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities and Explorer and residence for National Geographic they've come to a dark and mysterious tomb known as kv35 inside a small side chamber two mummies they have bee... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: What evidence suggests that the younger lady mummy could be Queen Nefertiti?

Several clues, such as a broken arm with a clenched scepter, an indentation from a headband, and double pierced ears, match the last known images of Nefertiti. However, some scientists argue that the evidence is purely circumstantial.

Q: How does CT scan technology aid in the investigation?

CT scans allow scientists to look inside a body in incredible three-dimensional detail without causing any harm. It provides non-invasive insights into the mummies, helping scientists determine their identities.

Q: Why is Nefertiti such an important figure in history?

Nefertiti was not just any princess but an iconic figure. She was chosen by Pharaoh Akhenaten to be his bride and potentially even his co-regent, as suggested by some reliefs depicting her smiting Egypt's enemies alongside her husband.

Q: What happened to Nefertiti and Akhenaten?

Both Nefertiti and Akhenaten vanished from history after their reign. It is believed that they disappeared into the sands of Amarna, their once-prosperous city.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Forensic experts are investigating two mummies found in a tomb known as kv35, believed to have been moved from their original resting place by priests to protect them.

  • The mummy on the left, known as the younger lady, has been recently identified as a potential match for Queen Nefertiti.

  • Through a groundbreaking investigation using CT scan technology, the team aims to gather scientific evidence to establish if either of these mummies could be Nefertiti.

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