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MensajeTema: The “Younger Lady” from KV 35   Miér Jul 01, 2015 2:56 pm

http://www.guardians.net/hawass/Press%20Releases/new_ct-scans_of_egyptian_mummies_07-10-2007.htm

The “Younger Lady” from KV 35

One of the most intriguing mummies from the Valley of Kings is the “Younger Lady” from KV35. She has recently, and unconvincingly, been identified as Akhenaten’s chief queen Nefertiti, renowned as one of the great beauties of the ancient world. Traditional scholarship has already successfully debunked this speculative assumption; the latest CT-scan confirms that this identification is indeed highly unlikely.

The mummy, found lying on the floor in a side chamber, had been badly damaged, and its right arm had been ripped off. The scholar who has most recently proposed the “Nefertiti” identification concluded that a bent right arm, found nearby, belongs with the body, rather than a straight arm also discovered close to the mummy. This might, according to this scholar’s theory, argue that she is royal, as queens often have one arm (although usually the left) bent and the other straight. In fact, this arm position is also seen for non-royal women, and the recent CT-scan performed by the EMP indicates, based on the density of the bones and the relative lengths of the arms, that it is the straight arm that goes with the mummy, not the bent one. Another point raised by the Nefertiti enthusiasts is that the lower portion of the Younger Lady’s face is badly damaged, taken as evidence of an extreme form of damnatio memoriae appropriate for someone as controversial as Akhenaten’s great wife. However, the team’s radiologist, Dr. Ashraf Selim, argues that if the mummy’s face had indeed been smashed after embalming, one would expect to see bits of dried bone and flesh within the wound; the CT-scan performed by the EMP revealed very few pieces of the relevant broken bones within the sinus cavity, suggesting that the damage to the mummy’s face occurred before embalming, most likely even before death.

Dr. Hawass reiterates that other points made in support of the identification of the Younger Lady as Nefertiti can be refuted without referring to the CT-scans. These include a wig of a type worn by Nefertiti found in the tomb and the fact that the mummy has a double-pierced ear; both of these attributes are seen in non-royal women of the New Kingdom, so do not at all prove that this is Nefertiti. The age range suggested by the CT-scan is between 25 and 35; again, this would fit any number of important New Kingdom Dynasty females. In summary, Dr. Hawass concludes that there is no convincing reason to identify the Younger Lady as Nefertiti
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MensajeTema: Re: The “Younger Lady” from KV 35   Miér Jul 01, 2015 2:57 pm




Grafton Elliot Smith's sketch of the full body of "The Younger Lady" mummy found in KV35. It shows the extensive damage that was done to the body/mummy. It clearly displays the damage thought to be done by ancient tomb robbers (right arm torn from body, chest caved in) and what is now thought to have been a lethal injury to the left cheek/jaw and/or to the top of the head, as well as a large incision on the left side of the body. Image derived from Grafton Elliot Smith's "The Royal Mummies" (Plate XCIX), which was first published in 1912. The author died in 1937 so the book/image is in the public domain. Recent genetic tests have conclusively demonstrated that this individual was the mother of Tutankhaum. The JAMA eSupplement from Feb. 17, 2010 concludes that "The statistical analysis revealed that the mummy KV55 is most probably the father of Tutankhamun (probability of 99.99999981%), and KV35 Younger Lady could be identified as his mother (99.99999997%)." (eSupplement, p.3).
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