Discovered the alleged tomb of the wife of Tutankhamun

Archaeologists have discovered evidence of the existence in the Egyptian Valley of the kings several previously unknown tomb, in which more than three thousand years ago were buried the representatives of the nobility. In particular, the team was able to find the entrance to the tomb, presumably built for Ankhesenamun, wife of Tutankhamun.

Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun. A fragment of the back of the Golden throne of Tutankhamun, XIV century BC.

Ankhesenamun — Queen of the XVIII dynasty, sister and chief wife of Tutankhamun, the third daughter of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti. She survived Tutankhamun and almost married the son of Suppiluliuma I, the ruler of the Hittites, than could have a significant impact on the history of Ancient Egypt, but became the wife of a former Supreme Advisor of the Pharaoh, ay, a priest of the God Amun. Although there is a theory that one of the mummies in the tomb Tutanhamon is Ankhesenamun, many scientists tend to believe that this is another his sister, and Queen are buried in separate and not yet discovered the tomb.

Excavations in the valley of the kings began in January of this year and reportedly attended by over a hundred people including Zahi Hawass, a renowned archaeologist, in the past held the post of Minister on Affairs of antiquities of Egypt. As stated in some media experts managed to find the entrance to the tomb of Ankhesenamun, located close to the tomb of ay at great depths. It is expected that on April 20 during the annual meeting of the American Egyptologists in Tucson about the discovery can be officially announced.

Recently, scientists from the University of Bristol with the use of 3D technology has restored the appearance of the woman, allegedly the mother of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. According to researchers, the obtained results give a new chance almost entirely rejected in the past version that is Queen Nefertiti — many of the features of women match the surviving descriptions of the Princess and discovered in 1912, her sculpted bust.

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