The Wilbour Plaque
© Brooklyn Museum, New York.
The Wilbour Plaque is named for the early American Egyptologist Charles Edwin Wilbour (1833–1896), who acquired it in Egypt in 1881. This sculptor’s model depicts Akhenaten and Nefertiti – wearing the khat headdress and ovoid cap crown respectively – and shows the royal couple as equals; which is proof of the extraordinary status enjoyed by the Amarna queen.
One of the greatest enigmas in all of Egyptology is the location of the final resting place of Queen Nefertiti, a powerful royal personage of the late Eighteenth Dynasty. Barring pieces of a votive shabti that was probably placed in her husband Akhenaten's tomb, no funerary object from her burial has ever surfaced. The quasi-royal design of Tomb 26C within the Communal Tomb in Amarna (TA26) provides evidence that it was built for Nefertiti, but the unfinished chambers of this suite hint she was not laid to rest in Akhetaten. This can only mean one thing: Nefertiti's sepulcher lies elsewhere-and is probably intact.

The Tomb of Ankhkheperure?

In his 2015 paper The Burial of Nefertiti? renowned Egyptologist, Dr Nicholas Reeves, proposed an astounding theory that the consort and probable co-regent of Pharaoh Akhenaten lay behind the north wall of the Burial Chamber of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Apart from studying state-of-the-art scans published by the Spanish group, Factum Arte, Reeves recognized that contrary to the design of royal tombs for males of the Eighteenth Dynasty the crypt of the boy-king was unusual, in that, the Burial Chamber was reached via a right-hand turn. This indicated a prior female owner, said Reeves. So was this tomb adapted from a predecessor for the boy-king's use?
tutankahmen tomb
"The pieces of the jigsaw begin to fall convincingly into place. Evidently the Antechamber and Burial Chamber had originally taken the form not of separate rooms but of a single, extended corridor - a corridor which gives every appearance of proceeding deeper into the gebel, beyond the Burial Chamber's decorated north wall. This recognition is significant, because if KV 62 had indeed begun its existence as a corridor-tomb its precise form will tell us who, in broad terms, it had originally been commissioned for. In the same way that a leftward orientation characterizes the tomb of a king at this period, a corridor-tomb with rightward axial turn seems to be indicative of queenly use," explains Reeves.

Tutankhamun's burial chamber

Tutankhamun's burial chamber, looking in from the Antechamber. Straight ahead, the north wall shows various funerary scenes involving the deceased pharaoh. The modest size of the tomb and inadequate decoration has for long baffled Egyptologists. Luxor.
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Does the tomb of Tutankhamun hide the burial of Queen Nefertiti? After giving his lecture, "Tutankhamun: The Greatest Archaeological Discovery Ever Made - Yet Again?", at The Discovery of King Tut, Dr Nicholas Reeves talked about his theory with Don Wildman.


The story of Tutankhamun and Nefertiti is extremely curious; Laura Knight-Jadczyk in The Golden Age, Psychopathy and the Sixth Extinction writes:
One then has to consider such things as cranial deformation and circumcision. It is clear when you read studies of this sort of thing that many of the cases cited in the literature (Nefertiti and her children, for example) were not artificial deformation, but natural, and maybe this bizarre, dolichocephalic head with the extreme upward/backward extension was the Biblical 'Mark of Cain' - the murderer. It also strikes me that, since there is an association between cranial deformation and circumcision, circumcision was also done in 'imitation' of the 'new elite'
egyptian head

Head of an Egyptian princess.
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