Queen Nefertiti: New Clues Emerge in the Hunt for Her Tomb

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Queen Nefertiti's burial place has been the subject of much speculation for 3,000 years. Now Egyptologists believe they may know where she lies.

According to a report from CNN, these Egyptologists believe another chamber lies behind that of King Tutankhamun's tomb. They think that chamber may reveal the location of Queen Nefertiti.

Experts from around the world have hunted for Queen Nefertiti's tomb. In August, British archaeologist Nicolas Reeves published a theory that her final resting place is in a hidden chamber behind the walls of King Tut's tomb. Reeves then used radar to test his theory, as well as thermal imaging to scan the tomb and note the differences between bedrock and walls.

Early results from these scans have determined there is a vacant spot behind the northern wall of the tomb. Archaeologists say this strongly indicates the presence of a second burial chamber.

Japanese experts will analyze the data from both the radar and infrared devices before work inside the tomb begins.

Queen Nefertiti ruled Egypt alongside her husband, Amenhotep IV (Akhenatan), in the 18th Dynasty, in the middle of the 14th century B.C. The name "Nefertiti" means "a beautiful woman has come."

Queen Nefertiti vanished after 12 years in power. Some believe she "became co-regent under a new name." Others believe she simply died.

It would certainly be exciting for historians, Egyptologists, and archaeologists if this chamber is in fact Queen Nefertiti's tomb.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.