Based on the latest reports, the mummified legs discovered by researchers in the Valley of the Queens belong to Queen Nefertari.
The legs were found in a lavish tomb which had been ransacked many years ago by robbers. Queen Nefertari was the wife of Pharaoh Ramses II and lived in the 13th century B.C. After the queen died, her body was mummified and laid in a tomb.
Robbers eventually ransacked the lavish tomb stealing whatever they could. The experts suspect that the Queen Nefertari’s body was probably dismembered during the quick raid. They have come to this conclusion because there were no amulets or jewelry around her neck and wrists.
Also, the robbers left behind just a few funerary statues which had no value for them. Archeologists discovered the lavish tomb in 1904, but they were not sure whether the mummified legs belonged to Queen Nefertari or not.
According to Joann Fletcher, the lead researcher at the University of York, many of these tombs were reused after they had been discovered. Fletcher explained that establishing if the legs belonged to Queen Nefertari was a challenging task, because flash floods usually damage these tombs, making it almost impossible for archeologists to find out who had been buried there.
Fletcher adds that although the tomb paintings portray the people whose bodies were laid there, it doesn’t mean that whatever you find in the tomb belongs to those people. The scientists conducted an extensive research using X-ray scans, chemical analysis, and other equipment to study the objects found in the tomb and the mummified legs.
Therefore, they learned that the knees dated back from the 13th century B.C., the time when Queen Nefertari was alive. According to the researchers, scans revealed that the mummified legs belonged to a royal member of the family.
More precisely, they most likely belonged to a lady of around forty years. In addition to this, the embalming materials used to mummify the body coincided with the Ramessing traditions. Then, the researchers used the anthropometric reconstruction to find out the height of the woman, so they discovered that she was 5.5-foot tall.
It is worth mentioning that Queen Nefertari was known as one of the tallest women of her time, so the researchers concluded that the mummified legs might actually belong to her.
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