The missing tomb of an ancient Egyptian queen may finally have been found.
The lost burial of queen Nefertiti could be tucked away in the shadow of Tutankhamun's. Speaking to the US Sun, archaeologist Dr. Salima Ikram explained where she thinks the final resting place could be.
Nefertiti was the wife of Pharaoh Amenhotep IV, the stepmother of Tutankhamun and lived during the 14th century BC but the location of her tomb has been a mystery. Now that mystery could be unravelled by Dr Ikram of the American University in Cairo.
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She said: “There has been some debate as to whether the queen's tomb is behind that of Tutankhamun but scientific tests have given ambiguous results".
She added that it is, “possibly behind Tut's tomb or in the West Valley." Nefertiti has been long at the forefront of the study of ancient Egypt, her bust was replicated many times with the original still at the Neues Museum in Berlin.
Discussing the bust, the website of the museum says: "The timeless appearance of the face has become an icon of beauty over the past 100 years." The bust was originally found in Tell el-Amarna inside a workshop, but her body has never been located.
Dr Ikram added: “To find an intact royal tomb will provide us with a huge amount of information about religion, traditions, and material culture. It might also elucidate the complex religious and religious world of the late 18th dynasty of Egypt."
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