STATES CHRONICLE – Some Italian archeologists have previously revealed the existence of the ransacked tomb which belonged to Queen Nefertari. This tomb was discovered back in 1904 in the Valley of the Queens in Egypt. Among all the debris they have unveiled, specialists have also found out about a pair of mummified knees.
Now, many researchers have conducted a long series of test on these knees trying to determine to whom they belonged to. They were surprised to reveal that they were Queen Nefertari’s knees. She was married to Pharaoh Ramses II, being one of the most famous queens of Egypt. Some archeologists have argued that they had long presupposed that those knees belong to Nefertari, but they did not have the chance to prove it.
Now, they are all excited to share such fantastic news with the world. The knees are kept at the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy. Egyptologist Joann Fletcher from the University of York has claimed that until the proof has appeared, many scientists were very skeptical when thinking about the results of the tests.
He argued that in the Valley of the Queens they had previously discovered that individuals were buried in some earlier tombs and archeologists could not be entirely sure of the identity of the remains. Probably, these knees could have been placed into the grave some other time later due to the flash floods which occurred in Egypt.
The team of researchers which conducted the study, they have developed tests which included chemical ones, paleopathology, genetic studies and radiocarbon dating. The new study was recently published in Plos One magazine. They had established that the knees pertained to a 40-year-old woman who apparently was about the same age as Nefertari when she disappeared from the public and Egyptians thought that she have died.
After carefully analyzing the materials which were found there and were presumed to help in the in the process of mummification, it has suggested that the materials used were only destined to be used by people with the highest layer of ancient society. These knees were mummified by using the most expensive and rare ingredients.
Those who were entitled to take care of the body had attentively wrapped the body, being very careful to all the details. The tests which were conducted had indicated that those knees belonged to someone who was approximately five feet and five inches tall, being taller than people were at that time.
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