October 18th 2016King Tutankhamun tomb king tutankhamun tomb hidden chambers

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I have a great respect for the work of Zahi Hawass and despite the criticism often levelled at him regarding ego and personal aggrandisement, one has to admit he has attracted broad improvements and opportunites for Egypt and Egyptology during his time(s) in office.

However, I have to confess a concern as to the basis of his objections to the possibility of Nefertiti being buried in the Valley near Tutankhamen – is he just a little miffed that another is suddenly getting world attention on what could arguably be the world’s most important archeological find since Tutankhamun?  It would be behove him to quiet a little and be a little more generous with the opinions and intuition of others who are equally qualified and talented – and providing compelling results with their investigation into Tut’s tomb.

There is a question as to whether Nefertiti left Armana and re-established herself at Thebes after Akhenaton’s death, (or possibly even before?).  It has also been suggested that the Co-regent Smenkhkare (husband of Merytaten-daughter of Nefertiti and Akhenaten) may have left for Thebes and started re-establishing the old religious traditions and did not die as has been claimed in the 3rd year of his reign ….and further… even if the priests were against the burial of ‘the heretics’ in the Valley of the Kings, the priests would not have had the last say in how or where Nefertiti – or others of that period – were buried, but rather the succeeding Pharaoh (Tutankhamen) – also Grand Vizier Ay  (hypothesised father of Nefertiti - Ay was certainly present during the whole Armana period as well as prior in the form of a senior military officer during the reign of Amenhotep III), who became Pharoah after Tutankhamun for a short time.  The position of the priests of Amun had been severely weakened during the reign of Akhenaton, it would stand to reason they would be thrilled with the opportunity to re-establishing the old traditions.

It is generally understood that Nefertiti ruled as co-regent and perhaps (more speculatively), was even Pharaoh herself under another name before Tutankhamen –– although this is a theory disputed with evidence against, it does have its own compelling evidence and cannot be dismissed out of hand.   Recently reference to her  has been discovered telling us that she indeed was alive and well long after she ‘disappeared’ from reference at Armana.   Consequently, it is feasible that Tutankhamun would have had her buried in Thebes in the Valley of the Kings, as he also began to re-establish the old order before his death.  It would make sense that her relatively recent tomb was plundered to provide some of the necessary tribute for Tutankhamen’s early demise – this is another theory.   If there were still ambivalent feelings toward those who had lived in Armana and practised the worship of the Aten, then it makes the redistribution of grave goods from Nefertiti to Tut even more plausible.

CONCLUSION: Whether or not this is Nefertiti’s tomb, or anothers perhaps Smenkara or Kiya (mother of King Tut) or whether or not it is intact, what riches of knowledge there would be in consolidating such an exciting – and oft romantisized – period in Ancient Egypt.   Perhaps it may hold the final story of the extraordinary time of Armana and Akhenaton.  It is sad to hear Dr. Hawass talking in such (‘final’) ‘once and for all’ tone.   If some or all of the burial artifacts found in King Tut’s tomb were re-used from another tombs elsewhere for example, ..then the radar may not pick up any scattered papyrus, and definitely not the wealth of primary depictions that may still exist on the walls of this space, from ancient grafiti to actual historical depictions.   There are many anomalies about Tutankhamun’s burial chamber (and some of the artifacts) that suggest it is well worth exploring these rooms no matter what the radar reveals.  But right now I am reminded of the words of Om Sety who is quoted as having said: ‘it (the tomb of Nefertiti) – is very near the tomb of Tutankhamen….in a place where no-one would think of looking’.   Perhaps they should scanned the floor as well?

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Juliet Le Page has trained in many dance forms including Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz, and Flamenco and Middle Eastern Dance. She was one of the earliest exponents of Belly Dance in Melbourne and her first performance was in 1980. She soon became disenchanted with Belly Dance and stopped to pursue other opportunities in the arts, including script re-writes, directing, production as well as performance in theatre, TV and film. In 1995 Juliet was introduced to the work of Hilal and has since traveled the world in pursuit of excellence in the art of teaching and performing Egyptian Dance. Her dedication and discipline was rewarded in 2000 when she was invited to become an Applicant for teacher training by the Hilal Art Foundation. Juliet was awarded her full licence in 2004. She continues to hone her skills under the auspice of Marie Al Fajr. She has lectured in universities and to arts groups and has also been interviewed on National radio and for documentaries. She has performed for Arabic festivals, television and in theaters at the invitation of arts bodies. In July 2003, Juliet was invited by The Consul General of Egypt to perform at the official function celebrating Egyptian National Day. She has been interviewed and has performed on the Egyptian Show on community television. She has completed studies in psychology, anatomy and physiology and is a qualified fitness instructor as well as a licenced practitioner of the GYROKINESIS® Method*. Her research and knowledge on functional alignment and physical form relative to Egyptian dance is an important and distinctive component of her teaching. In her purpose built studio she also offers Pilates/Yoga Core Work, and Holistic Stretch classes incorporating PNF method. Juliet has been invited to sit as a panel examiner for professional dance and performance arts academies including the Australian Ballet School - (Spanish Dance 2001-2009). She also has professional experience in theater, film and television in various areas of production, acting and dance. Juliet is also affiliated with Tanz Raum, an international platform where similarly trained and accredited artists share knowledge, experience and resource to inspire excellence in the teaching and performance of Egyptian Dance. She has also taught at the international workshops organised by them. Tanzraum recognizes dedication and integrity and also produces high quality C.D's of traditional Egyptian music**. Juliet’s passion for her chosen genre is evident in her teaching and performance. Her objective is to bring to students an awareness of the intricate and rich cultural heritage of Egypt through the beauty and benefits of the dance art form. Please visit the website for more information * GYROKINESIS® is a registered trademark of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and is used with their permission. ** See the Music section for CD & DVD sales. Back to Home.
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