Hush! Behind the wall is a beautiful queen

  A place visited by thousands of scientists and tourists every year may hide the most famous mysterious queen of ancient Egypt-Nefertiti.
  In the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt, the treasures in the tomb of the 18th dynasty pharaoh Tutankhamun are breathtaking. The weird “Mummy Curse” adds countless mysteries, and the archaeologists are there again There is a new discovery.
  New secrets in the famous Egyptian tombs
  In 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the well-preserved Tutankhamun tomb. This is the most amazing discovery in archaeological history, but scientists are always confused about the size of the tomb.
  Tutankhamun ruled Egypt for about 10 years. Compared to his importance in Egyptian history, the final resting place seems pitifully small—his tomb is more like the antechamber of a standard pharaoh’s tomb. It is not only different from other Egyptian royal tombs in size, but also special in architecture. The tomb is located on the right side of the entrance corridor, which is more like a classic queen’s tomb than a pharaoh’s tomb, because the pharaoh’s tomb is usually located on the left side of the entrance corridor.
  This puzzle was solved by Nicholas Reeves, professor of archaeology at the University of Arizona. Reeves has been studying Egyptian history and culture for more than 30 years. He has also visited Tutankhamun’s tomb countless times and is very familiar with everything there is. One day in February 2014, he was sitting in front of the computer, looking at the digital photos of Tutankhamun’s tomb, which were high-resolution scanned images uploaded to the Internet by a cultural relics protection expert not long ago. From the pictures, Reeves noticed some unprecedented details, such as lines, cracks and cracks in the wall below the decorative surface, which he could not see with the naked eye when he visited the tomb in person countless times. Reeves unexpectedly found some new information in it. For example, on the north and west walls of the tomb, there are two hidden doors with faint outlines. The size of the door is the same as those of the tomb doors of the Egyptian pharaohs, especially the size of the “ghost door” on the north wall is the same as the size of the tomb door.
  Many previous studies have shown that the ornaments and patterns on the north wall are different from the other three walls in the room. Reeves further discovered more differences: First, the north wall was originally white, but later it was painted yellow to match the background color of the other three walls. This shows that the history of the north wall may be traced back to Tutan. Before Carmon was buried. Secondly, according to Reeves, the tomb scene depicted on the mural may not be the pharaoh Tutankhamun, but his mother Nefertiti. In previous research, scientists knew that Nefertiti’s mouth had vertical folds and perfectly arched eyebrows. After carefully studying the scanned photos, Reeves discovered these special facial features on the north wall.
  However, this is not the only discovery. In the same mural, there is an important ceremony: someone opens the mouth of the deceased, symbolizing the ability to receive food from the afterlife. Many scholars believe that the person who opened the mouth of the deceased was Ai, the pharaoh who succeeded Tutankhamun. But Reeves thought the dead was Nefertiti, and the one who opened her mouth was not Ai, but Tutankhamun. You can confirm that this is Tutankhamun from his double chin and rough face. You can also find this young pharaoh in other portraits through these two very distinctive features.
  Shrouded in a mysterious fog glamorous queen
  Nefertiti is what kind of person? According to legend, Nefertiti has stunning beauty and one of the most powerful and status queens. In 1912, archaeologists discovered her colorful lime bust and displayed it in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, Germany. The colorful lime bust has won praise from all over the world for Nefertiti: symmetrical face, high cheekbones, perfect mouth, straight nose, and elegant swan neck. In real life, she is not just a beautiful queen. When she was only 12 years old, she married Amenhotep IV (later becoming a pharaoh). She has the supreme status and the impact may be very huge. .
  In the era when Nefertiti lived, the Egyptians worshiped many gods, especially the most powerful god Amun. He accepted the worship of countless priests, symbolizing extreme power and wealth. But when Amenhotep IV came to power, the golden age of the gods came to an end, and the young pharaoh and his powerful wife stepped out of the old tradition and introduced a new worldview. The old god was abandoned and replaced by the only true god-the sun god Aton, who ruled the world together with the pharaoh and queen. The pharaoh changed his name to Akhenaten, which means “the radiance of Adon”, and abandoned the original city and moved to the present Amarna.
  In a few years, they built palaces, gardens, and new temples in the desert. In this series of events, Nefertiti may be an important driving force. Unlike other queens in Egyptian history, she may have a great influence on her husband, Amenhotep IV. Because in many portraits, Nefertiti is often depicted wearing a crown, and she is on equal status with her husband in national ceremonies.
  However, after several years in the center of power, Nefertiti suddenly disappeared under the spotlight, and the historical record did not record the reason. What happened to her is still a mystery, and speculation about her fate is as pitiful as the archaeological facts.
  There is a speculation that her husband died around 1335 BC, after which Nefertiti may have succeeded the throne and ruled Egypt for many years in the name of the new pharaoh Smunkala—according to some archaeologists, Smunkala, the mysterious and controversial pharaoh, may be the same person as the queen. But in reality, there is very little information about Smunkala. Scientists don’t even know whether the pharaoh is a woman or a man. Like many things involving Nefertiti, there is a lot of fog.
  Similarly, her death was also shrouded in a mysterious mist. According to a popular account, she died of the plague when she was nearly 40 years old.
  With her death, the era of the new city of Amana is also over. 8-year-old Tutankhamun-Akhenaten’s son (perhaps Nefertiti’s son) became the new pharaoh after Pharaoh Smunkala, this young pharaoh destroyed all traces of his parents’ “revolution” Now, including all the sun temples.
  Waiting for the opening of a mysterious wall
  However, where Nefertiti’s remains belonged is another historical mystery. Akhenaten and Nefertiti may be buried in Amana, but no one knows the fate of their mummies when the city of Amana was abandoned.
  Now, based on the latest signs found in Tutankhamun’s mausoleum, Reeves boldly speculates that this mausoleum was built not for Tutankhamun, but for his mother, who died about 10 years earlier than Tutankhamun. Nefertiti. Indeed, Tutankhamun is buried here, because he died very young, and very unexpectedly. In this case, he may be forced to be buried with his mother because the royal family has not prepared a mausoleum for the young pharaoh who died suddenly. Therefore, they set their sights on the relatively new mausoleum at that time, the tomb of Queen Nefertiti. In this way, the new pharaoh Tutankhamun had just moved the mausoleum for his mother, and ended his life a few years later, lying in the mausoleum of his mother forever.
  So, why didn’t Nefertiti’s mummy be found in Tutankhamun’s tomb? Reeves believes that the secret lies on the north wall of the tomb, behind which may be the tomb of Queen Nefertiti.
  If this is the case, then the results of scientific research may be very amazing. First of all, scientists will discover a lot of treasures: golden funerary objects, even more gorgeous and magnificent than the impressive funerary objects of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Secondly, Nefertiti’s remains can reveal many unknown secrets that the legendary woman brought to the grave more than 3,300 years ago.
  Many Egyptian antiquities scholars around the world support Reeves’s hypothesis, and the Egyptian authorities also approved him to investigate. One day in November 2015, Reeves, together with scientists from the Cairo University and the Paris Institute for Conservation of Cultural Heritage, began the first step of the investigation. They scanned the north main wall of Tutankhamun’s tomb with an infrared thermal imaging camera. The first test seemed to confirm Reeves’ hypothesis that there was indeed a mysterious chamber behind the wall.
  But before the scientists make the final conclusions, there is still a long way to go. Because we are not only invading a wall, but a treasure over 3,500 years old, any research may cause damage to the internal structure of the tomb, so everything must be carefully examined and calculated.
  For many years, generations of scientists have tried to find out whether Nefertiti was Tutankhamun’s biological mother or stepmother, whether she took over the throne of her husband Akhenaten, and the real cause of her death. If one day the north wall is opened, Nefertiti’s mummies and mausoleum may provide answers and provide important clues for exploring the most important and turbulent period in ancient Egyptian history.
  What surprises are there behind the wall, we can only wait patiently for scientists to announce further research results.

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