(Image credit: YouTube)
In the winter of 1912, the sculpture of Nefertiti was discovered in sculptor Thutmose’s workshop in Amarna, Egypt, by German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt. One hundred and seven years later, renowned Egyptian archaeologist and Egyptologist, Zahi Hawass is leading the search for her mummy, among others, under the National Egyptian Project for the Study of Royal Mummies.
The project was initially launched in April 2019, following a lecture given by Hawass on ancient Egyptian civilisation at the Royal Library in Copenhagen, according to State Information Service. Hawass claimed that he would rely on DNA analysis and CT scans to determine the identities of the mummies. He also spoke about the possibility of bringing certain stolen artefacts back to their homeland.
“I’m working in the Valley of the Kings, where I’m hoping to discover the tomb of Nefertiti, and many more, in the East Valley in the coming weeks”, said Hawass after the opening of the new exhibition Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh in London, according to Express. “Also [I should find] all the Queens of the 18th Dynasty, sons, and daughters of the Kings. They are all buried in this valley, and I am still searching,” he added.
Finding Nefertiti’s mummy would be such an exciting discovery. We wish Hawass the best of luck on his search.