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Egypt breakthrough: Nefertiti’s tomb may be located in 'most sensational find of century'


In the same interview, the 73-year-old highlighted that finding Nefertiti’s tomb would be “the greatest discovery of the 21st century”.

And Egyptologist Dr Chris Naunton has told Express.co.uk that there is a possibility that he may have already found the final resting place of the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he said: “It sounds like he’s already discovered something, but he’s not quite ready to reveal it.

“The best possible scenario would be that it’s clearly and obviously the tomb of Nefertiti.

“Let’s say it’s intact, or near intact – in that scenario, we stand to learn a lot about one of the most fascinating and intriguing figures in history.

“We now think she probably was pharaoh, which adds to the importance of her find.

“It’s important to stress, though, that the tomb might be discovered and it might be unfinished, undecorated, violated, or suffered great damage.”

Even if the announcement is not the discovery of a tomb, Dr Naunton says it could still be of great value to archaeologists.

He added: “We might only be looking at scraps and that would still be very interesting.

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“It all comes down to the difference between the excitement of finding treasure and the historical importance.

“If it turns out to be the tomb of Nefertiti that would be the most eye-catching and sensational discovery of the 21st century.

“But it could tell us a great deal about the missing patches of Ancient Egypt.

“If her body is in there then we can rule out lots of other candidates.”

In 1898, French Egyptologist Victor Loret discovered a mummy within tomb KV35 in the Luxor valley.

Through recent DNA tests, this mummy has been identified as the mother of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, and a daughter of pharaoh Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye, suggesting Nefertiti may not be the mother of Tutankhamun.

And Dr Naunton says another mummy discovery would throw a spanner in the works of that theory.

He continued: “Lots of other mummies have been said to be Nefertiti, if we find one and it’s clearly hers, we can rule out those other possibilities.

“There’s also the tantalising possibility of finding something more out about her identity and connection to other rulers through DNA analysis.

“At the moment there is a mummy of a female that has been shown through DNA analysis to be the mother of Tutankhamun.

“If that mummy is Nefertiti, then Nefertiti is Tutankhamun’s mother.

“But if a new mummy was found in a new tomb then we can be clear that she was not Tutankhamun’s mother.”



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