Ancient Egypt: Launch of New Project to Study Royal Mummies

By Thursday March 7th, 2019Blog, News
Scientists looking at King Tut's mummy Zahi Hawass the famous Egyptian archaeologist announced during a lecture at the Royal Library in Copenhagen that a national Egyptian project to study the royal mummies will start next month.  Hawass announced that the project will be based on the research of the mummies of Queen Nefertiti and Ankhesenamun, the wife of Tutankhamun. They will do DNA analysis and Computed Tomography (CT) scans in order to identify their bodies. In 2010, DNA Tribes analyzed the STR profiles of the Amarna mummies in order to identify their ethnicity. They discovered that King Tut and his family were more genetically related to Subsaharan Africans. Another study led by the Egyptian government in order to investigate the true character of the harem conspiracy described in the Judicial Papyrus of Turin and determine whether Ramesses III was indeed killed has been done by scientists. They discovered that Ramses III belonged to the E1b1a haplogroup, the haplogroup of those who are today called black Africans. All these studies were supposed to bring to light the relationship between several mummies and finally ended up bringing to light the haplotype of the members of the royal family who were studied. Let’s hope that the future study will give us the same details about Queen Nefertiti and Ankhesenamun. However, it is important to keep in mind that these elements are not always revealed

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