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1.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Lack of Discovery, October 5, 2004
This review is from: Search for Nefertiti (Hardcover)
This latest attempt by Joann Fletcher to credit herself with "discovering the mummy of Nefertiti" contains, for all its length, nothing new or conclusive. Most of her points arguing for the identification of the mummy, "The Younger Woman" in the tomb designated KV35, were published years ago by Marianne Luban, whom Fletcher fails to mention in her book. Fletcher has a good deal to say about ancient wigs, her specialty, but has no way of proving that the wig she claims was found with the three mummies in the tomb even belonged to the mummy in question even though she makes much of this wig. Nor does Fletcher give any scientific proof that the two unattached right arms associated with the mummy actually belong to it. So, her "theory" not even originally belonging to "her", Fletcher has added nothing that can add any true weight as proof of "The Younger Woman" being Nefertiti. Whatever her "search for Nefertiti" consists of--and this is a pretty ambiguous if not downright perplexing statement--it can hardly have anything to do with locating the mummy as that has been in the tomb for all these years since being discovered by Victor Loret in the 19th Century. If one wants to learn about the life of the beautiful queen, there are certainly other books that address this much more comprehensively and Fletcher has nothing original to say about the life and times of Nefertiti, either. Fletcher also fails to comment on the many criticisms her colleagues have asserted against her since she first announced that she had "discovered Nefertiti" in 2003 and evidently, outside of monetary gain, still hopes that she will be remembered as the one who found the mummy of the queen, even though chances of this happening are far slimmer than Joann Fletcher indicates in her book. Not recommended at all.
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