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Re: Nefertiti and Akhenaten, Still Lost?

I read your article,"A History of DNA Testing on Egyptian New Kingdom Royals" with much interest.

Over 30 years ago, Ih had an experience which led me to do a lot of study of the Egyptian 18th Dynasty. Because of it, I firmly believe that you are quite right about Tutankhamen having been the son of Queen Tiye. No, not by Amenhotep III - he had died, but I've read that Queen Tiye lived for another decade or so, still in quite good shape. Akhenaten needed a "Great Queen", he had not yet married Queen Nefertiti - so his mother, Queen Tiye, became his first consort. Queen Tiye was both the mother and grandmother of King Tut!

Shocking? Well, it's well known that Akhenaten impregnated two of his daughters. Why not Mom, as well? In fact, Nefertiti had encouraged her daughters to "marry" their own father. An Egyptian man who had worked as a tour guide in Egypt, reminded me that it was not against the law in those days. And the royals felt impelled to keep the power, the rulership of Egypt, in the family. (Very narrow gene pool, indeed! Is this what's called a "close-knit" family?)

It has already been noted that a lock of Queen Tiye's hair was found in King Tut's tomb; and that hair has been proven a match with the hair of the "Elder Lady" mummy. The other female mummy found in KV55 may well prove to be that of Nefertiti. If so, she appears to have died a violent death.

I will watch with continued interest, any future DNA testing. I agree, that scholars and the media seem to encourage our denial of the truth! It's just a tad uncomfortable!

Best wishes,

Roberta

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