Nefertiti – lost to history?

The famous bust of Nefertit gets a CT Scan
The famous bust of Nefertit gets a CT Scan

Hi GirlMoguls – it’s Rose, and I hope you’re close to wrapping up Sphinx’s Princess – we’ll be posting some more about the actual book but I wanted to follow up on the Truth or Fiction part of Nefertiti’s life…In my last post I gave you some deets on what historians think they really know about her life – how her father was probably Ay (who later became a Pharaoh himself) and her sister really was Bit-Bit…and how she married the Pharaoh Akhenaten and changed Ancient Egypt’s religious practices.    Nefertiti was a powerful queen – she is often shown in paintings in poses usually reserved for pictures of a Pharaoh.  Historians and scholars think this means she was revered as one powerful lady, perhaps even considered a co-regent (or ruler) along with her husband.

But then something happened….After the 14th year of Pharaoh Akhenaten’s reign, all historical references to Nefertiti disappear – like she was totally forgotten.  At first, a lot of historians thought that she fell into disgrace (nobody knew why) and all references to her were erased by later Pharaoh’s – pretty harsh if you ask me.  Now, though, most scholars think that it was different wife of Akhenaten (Pharaoh’s usually had one main wife and many “minor” ones, though regular Egyptian men seemed to stick with just one wife at a time…)

Anyhoo…now people believed that Akhenaten probably died and that Nefertiti changed her name to Ankhkheperure Neferneferuaten and then to Ankhkheperure Smenkhkare  (no one is sure why…)  and ruled on her own, while getting her daughter and her daughters husband Tutankhamun (yep, that King Tut) ready to become the Pharaoh.  And as it turns out, Tut was her stepson too – apparently the ancient Egyptians didn’t have a problem with princesses and princes marrying close family members…

Well, even with her being the stepmother of King Tut, possibly the most famous mummy in Egyptian history, no one knows for sure what happened to Nefertiti – some scientists think they have identified a mummy found in tomb known as KV35 (in the Valley of the Kinfgs) as Nefertiti.  Others aren’t so sure – claiming that mummy is really a man.   It doesn’t look like this mystery will be solved any time soon, as there isn’t enough DNA from a mummy of say a known daughter of Neferititi with any of these unknown mummies – thereby proving that one of them could indeed be the Queen…Did you know they could do DNA testing on mummies – pretty cool if you ask me….

So that’s what happened to Nefertiti – sort of – in other words, we might never know for sure all the little details about Nefertiti, but I think we can pretty much conclude from what we do know that she was one powerful lady.  So next time you’re looking for a girl power hero, you can go back, way back in time.

Stay tuned for some more fun posts about Sphinx’s Princess…

GirlMogul Rose
GirlMogul Rose

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