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Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the by Aidan Dodson

By Aidan Dodson

This new examine, drawing at the most modern learn, tells the tale of the decline and fall of the pharaoh Akhenaten’s spiritual revolution within the fourteenth century BC. starting on the regime’s high-point in his 12 months 12, it strains the next cave in that observed the deaths of the various king’s family, his makes an attempt to assure the revolution via co-rulers, and the final frenzied attack at the god Amun. The publication then outlines the occasions of the following 5 a long time that observed the extinction of the royal line, an try to position a foreigner on Egypt’s throne, and the accession of 3 military officials in flip. between its conclusions are that the mummy of Tutankhamun used to be none except Nefertiti, and that the queen was once joint-pharaoh in flip with either her husband Akhenaten and her son. As such, she was once herself instrumental in starting the go back to orthodoxy, undoing her erstwhile husband’s life-work sooner than her personal mysterious disappearance.

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56 This would seem to indicate that a decision was made to truncate the plan of the tomb while the pillared hall (today dubbed E) was under construction, presumably in expectation of an impending interment. That this first burial was not to be that of the king becomes apparent when one studies what is left of the decoration on the chamber walls. Although all walls are terribly damaged, in most cases making it very difficult to interpret the traces, the left wall, on what is now a raised platform behind the (now partly destroyed) pillars, is a scene in which Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and at least some of their daughters, together with a multitude of mourners, make offerings to a figure standing in a kiosk (fig.

In such a context the likelihood that all the children, including Tutankhuaten, were of the same parentage seems highly likely. It of course also provides a potential family scene, of the kind whose alleged absence is such a key element of the anti-Nefertiti argument. Thus, one would suggest that in the absence of substantive evidence to the contrary, Tutankhuaten should be regarded as a child of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. Year 12 was clearly a moment of triumph for Akhenaten, his family, and his regime.

32 Harris’s conclusion was that Neferneferuaten (and thus Smenkhkare) was actually a woman, and none other than Nefertiti—who had in any case THE WANING SUN 35 borne the cognomen Neferneferuaten since Year 5. Her exceptional status while still queen consort was posited as a step toward this ultimate pharaonic status. It was additionally suggested that after Akhenaten’s death she had further changed her name to Smenkhkare to mark her status as an independent ruler. 35 None of these points was easy to explain away.

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