MYSTERY

Archaeologist Says He’s Found Nefertiti

A University of Arizona archaeologist claims he’s found ancient Egypt’s famed Queen Nefertiti, based on digital scans of a hidden chamber in an area near King Tut’s tomb. Nicholas Reeves’s theory suggests that behind one of Tut’s tomb walls lie two previously hidden doors: one going to a storeroom, and another to the tomb of his mother, believed by some to be Nefertiti. “The implications are extraordinary, for, if digital appearance translates into physical reality, it seems we are now faced not merely with the prospect of a new, Tutankhamun-era storeroom to the west; to the north (there) appears to be signaled a continuation of tomb KV 62 (Tutankhamun’s tomb), and within these uncharted depths an earlier royal interment—that of Nefertiti herself,” he wrote. The Boy King’s resting place, Reeves suggests, was an expansion of an earlier tomb built for the Egyptian queen.