Archaeologists in Egypt have made a discovery that has shed more light
on the mysteries surrounding the famous boy-pharaoh, Tutankhamun.
A team of French archaeologists has discovered the tomb of his wet-nurse
in an acropolis at Saqqara, just south of Cairo.
There are many unanswered questions about both the birth and the death
of the 18th Dynasty king, whose golden coffins and burial treasures have
One of the archaeologists, Alain Zivie, said he hoped the tomb could
provide clues about the identity of Pharaoh Tutankhamun's parents.
Tutankhamun's father is widely believed to have been the Pharaoh
Akhenaten. As for his mother, "there are all sorts of theories, but she is
not known," said Mr Zivie.
Archaeologists now know that his wet-nurse was named Maya and that she
was a woman of some stature.
She was found in her own tomb at the Saqqara burial site for the
courtiers and high-ranking officials of ancient Egypt's New Kingdom, which
prevailed from about 1580 BC to 1090 BC.
Most of the pharaohs, Tutankhamun included, were buried in the Valley of
the Kings near Luxor.
An engraving on the rock wall shows her holding the boy Tutankhamun,
with his pet dog underneath a chair, flanked by as yet unidentified senior