Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Is this Nefertiti?


Archaeologist Joan Fletcher has been working with the mummy for twelve years and still she is not certain if the mummy is Nefertiti or if it isn’t. Fletcher has accumulated new first hand evidence suggesting that this mummy is indeed Nefertiti. Because this mummy is bald it raised some doubts but Fletcher has found a wig discovered in the tomb that was most likely used by Nefertiti. The mummy was probably mutilated and destroyed by grace robbers looking for jewels, but one of the injuries was sustained in life resulting in severe blood loss and probably her death. The mutilations may have also been by priests trying to destroy her chances of going into the afterlife.

JJ A. Period 7

8 comments:

Brennan said...

This mummy is probably Nefertiti. The mummy was in a certain location and there had to be some other evidence to her location. It was probably common to shave their head because of the heat, or she could have shaved her head because of a disease. I believe that this is the mummy of Nefertiti.

Meghan said...

What was the evidence that supported the idea that this mummy is indeed Nefertiti? What exactly was the injury that she got during her life time and how did it happen? Also, what about Nefertiti made some of the priests want to destroy her chances of continuing on to the afterlife?

Madelyn said...

This is really interesting because it was such a big deal when Nefertiti's body was found. It is also strange that the priests might have purposely mutilated Nefertiti's body, especially since the afterlife was one of the most important components of Egyptian society.

Josh said...

Who was Nefertiti? This sounds fairly interesting, but you don't really give any background info.

Amanda said...

When I was studying Egyptian history a couple years ago, I always pictured Nefertiti as a beautiful and regal woman, much like her famous bust. It didn't even occur to me that she would have been mummified, and that her remains may be unidentified.
I wonder how this affects the historical community. Does this make any new impact in Egyptian history?

Suzie said...

I think this mummy really is Nefertiti. All of the evidence seems to point that way, but can't scientist do carbon dating or something of that nature to put a time stamp on how old the mummy is?
A test like that could probably make it more certain that the mummy is indeed Nefertiti.

Sophie S said...

The evidence such as the wig may prove that this mummy is in fact Nefertiti, but the mutilations caused by grave robbers were common in near all mummy graves back then.

Chris said...

This mummy is very likely Neferiti. All the evidence points to her. Even though the mummy has a shaved head it could have been part of the mummification process. But the question is raised: Why would the priests want to mutilate a body of royalty?