The bust of Nefertiti now on display at the Neues museum in Berlin
Upon the invitation of Egypt’s minister of antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty, University of Arizona archaeologist Nicholas Reeves will arrive in Egypt mid-September to prove his theory that Nefertiti’s remains lay in Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Early this week, Reeves published a theory suggesting that the west and north painted walls inside King Tutankhamun’s tomb have two secret passageways that lead to two chambers, one of them containing the remains of Nefertiti – queen of Egypt and the chief consort and wife of the monotheistic king Akhenaten, Tutankhamun's father. The remaining chamber could be another gallery for Tutankhamun.
Eldamaty told Ahram Online that after a long discussion he invited Reeves to come to Egypt and present his theory before a group of Egyptian and foreign Egyptologists, archaeological researchers, and scientists, in order to evaluate the theory and the concrete evidence.
“A debate and discussion among them will also be organized,” Eldamaty told Ahram Online.
He continued saying, “Based upon the results of the discussion, Reeves and the group will embark on an inspection tour inside Tutankhamun’s tomb in Luxor in an attempt to prove Reeves’s theory,” Eldamaty asserted.
He pointed out that the results of such inspection are to be announced in an international press conference.
“The ministry cannot release any official statement concerning such a theory until the required scientific studies are carried out,” Eldamaty added.
Eldamaty told Ahram Online that he does not believe that Nefertiti could be buried in the Valley of the Kings, but rather must have been buried somewhere in Tel Al-Amarna, the capital of Akhenaten’s kingdom.
The two walls inside Tutankhamun's tomb that could house Neferiti's burial