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Essentially, there's a lady who claims to have found Nefertiti's remains stashed away in an out of the way place in the Valley of the Kings. The figure is deformed, the valuables gone, and only the damaged corpse remains, yet through various tests of sorts (which are very fascinating themselves), she is convinced that she has, indeed, found the lost queen. That's the claim, but it is really nothing more than speculation. There is some compelling evidence, sure, but nothing conclusive.
The sad thing is that several other major Egyptologists--the guy who found KV5 and the Egyptian in charge of approving digs in the Valley of the Kings--aren't convinced it's Nefertiti. It is possible that they don't want to admit that their work has been overshadowed, but I doubt that's the case. Essentially, this woman is convinced she's found Nefertiti, but she's about the only one convinced of that.
Again I have to say that this documentary was substantially less interesting than it was hyped up to be. It's a dig, maybe there's some cool stuff, that's it. Overall it was interesting, but certainly not worth owning unless you are into Egyptology in a big way. If you want a great documentary on recent finds, try Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids.
The real reason to watch this video is to laugh and laugh and laugh. Fletcher has an unfounded belief that she has found the mummy of Nefertiti; she refuses to be convinced otherwise; she takes every single disconfirmation (which is every test performed for this video, other than her own subjective views about the mummy's hairstyle and ear piercings) in stride, getting more and more wild-eyed, and making one unsubstantiated claim after another.
Perhaps my favorite is her trip to the unfinished tomb of Akhenaten -- Fletcher stands at the head of what would have been the sarcophagus and claims that Nefertiti stood there and conducted the rites for her dead husband. Fletcher also refers to Akhenaten as "such a terrible politician" and grants Nefertiti entirely imaginary characteristics and abilities.
All existing evidence shows that Nefertiti predeceased Akhenaten. It's possible that her tomb was plundered shortly after her death and the end of the 18th dynasty, as a gold artifact bearing her name was found on the Ulu Burun wreck. There is a modern drive to turn Nefertiti into some kind of feminist anachronism and have her rule as a man. Fletcher appears to subscribe to that view, but gives no attribution for or reference to its originator.Read more ›
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Beautiful story. Took me back in time. Learned a lot.. All these people with negative feedback only here to criticize Dr Fletcher. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by C. Stewart
This beautifully-narrated documentary follows Egyptologist Joann Fletcher as she tracks down the data that suggests one of the three mummies in the Valley of the Kings is the... Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Dennis Constant
This DVD does a beautiful job of bringing modern forensic science and snipets of ancient Egyptian history together in a very captivating story without shoving biased conclusions... Read morePublished on October 14, 2012 by Pumpkinhome
In a subsequent TV show, Zahi Hawass demonstrated that Fletcher's main piece of evidence--that the mummy she claims is Nefertiti has one of its arms in a bent position used only... Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by John J. Schauer
Arrogant and vicious Zahi Hawas chooses yet to trash any opinion that doesnt fit the general line he choosed. Read morePublished on June 24, 2009 by Gino Litvak
This whole video is based on twisted facts and outright lies. The author Joanne Fletcher has been banned from entering Egypt. Read morePublished on January 10, 2008 by Terri L. Weekley
I have actually enjoyed it.
I guess we all look alike when we die.
I wonder where Akhenatens body is? Read more