Did Nefertiti’s tomb disappear because of her Separation from Akhenaten or a sinister plot for the throne?

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Sun, 16 Aug 2020 - 03:11 GMT

FILE - Queen Nefertiti

FILE - Queen Nefertiti

CAIRO – 16 August 2020: It has been 5 years since the British Nicholas Reeves theorized that the mummy of Queen Nefertiti was located behind the tomb of King Tutankhamun. After a long study, he did not reach anything; it seems that the famous Egyptian queen was not buried there.

 

Although the search did not reach a conclusion, a team of Egyptologists still believe that the ancient queen could be buried in a secret room inside the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

 

Acclaimed Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass believes that Reeves’  theory  is nothing but misconceptions and myths that have nothing to do with science.

 

Some theories explain that there is no known tomb for the great Queen of Egypt, Nefertiti, due to her separation from her husband Akhenaten at the end of his days and likewise, because of her conflict over power with Smenkhkare after Akhenaten's death, and the weakness of Tutankhamun's character.

 

Concerning the separation of Queen Nefertini from her husband King Akhenaten, the Egyptian archaeologist Selim Hassan mentioned in his encyclopedia "Ancient Egypt" in the fifth part that a painting now preserved in the Berlin Museum indicates the utmost disregard for morals in which Akhenaten appears adjacent to his brother Smenkhkare wrapping his waist in one of his hands, caressing his chin with the other hand in a symbol of love and pampering. Both of them wore a crown. 

 

According to Hassan, this picture indicates to those who see it many meanings about the abnormal sexual relationship between the two brothers. Nefertiti, his beautiful wife, could not bear patience for that, which caused a dispute between her and the Pharaoh. 

 

She abandoned her palace voluntarily or involuntarily to another neighborhood in the city. She swore with Tutankhamun this new place. She left her first mansion, Akhenaten and his beloved brother Smenkhkare and his wife; she is also his second daughter named Meritaten.

 

From here, the king had ordered the erasure of the name Nefertiti from every place in the palace, and instead inscript the names of Meritaten and Smenkhkare. Akhenaten replaced the name Meritaten on the palace of her mother, Nefertiti, with the mention of her lineage to him without her mother, in contravention of the royal traditions that were followed at the time.

 

Akhenaten even went too far and married his third daughter who gave birth to a girl. The marriage of kings to their daughters was not common until that time. Only three incidents of incest relations are known in the history of the Pharaohs, one of which is doubtful.

 

 

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