Scientists in Egypt say they may have discovered the mummy of
Queen Nefertiti, one of the most famous figures of ancient Egypt.
A group of scientists believe that she is one of three mummies
discovered in a secret chamber of a tomb known as KV35 in Egypt's
Valley of the Kings in Luxor.
The tomb was originally located and catalogued in 1898, but the
mummies were sealed up and apparently forgotten, until scientists
drilled through to the room.
"There is a very, very strong possibility that... this in fact
is the great female Pharaoh Nefertiti herself," said British
mummification expert Joann Fletcher, who led the expedition, which
was sponsored by the Discovery Channel.
The whereabouts of the remains of Nefertiti, perhaps the most
powerful woman in ancient Egypt, have for many years been one of
archaeology's most enduring mysteries.
However, critics say that without DNA evidence to verify the
claims, it is unlikely to be the remains of the queen.
Queen Nefertiti, along with her husband, Pharaoh Akhenaten,
ruled from 1352-1334 BC during the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egyptian
However, virtually all traces of the queen and her "heretic"
husband were erased, after his unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the
pantheon of Egyptian gods and replace worship of them with the sun
god Aton, in one of the earliest known practices of monotheism.