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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Twice Buried – The Finding of Nefertiti's Bust

Bust of Queen Nefertiti - reformatted
A beautiful bust of a beautiful queen was buried under the hot sands of Egypt for 1,500 years, dug up and moved – surrounded by controversy – to Berlin in Germany in 1912, and then reburied, only this time in a salt mine.
Read this short extract from Chapter 15 of Obelisk Seven, about the discovery of the long-buried bust of Queen Nefertiti (click here if you want to read the full story of this famous queen and the mysterious history of the discovery of her bust):
"After his death, Nefertiti simply vanishes from the scene. The city where Nefertiti lived is swiftly emptied. It falls into ruins and most of it is covered by the desert sand over the centuries."
            Gliffy paused. He had them completely now.
            "And then the revisionists start their campaign. They use chisels to carve out the names of King Tut's father and his mother and the new sun god, Aten, wherever they can find them. They even delete his father's name from the List of Kings, so that Nefertiti and her husband disappear from Egyptian history for more than three thousand and five hundred years. Poof!"
            His bunched fingers exploded.
            "One pharaoh gone."
            The exploded hand turned and moved gently sideways through the air.
            "And life moves on," Gliffy said, "until, one hot day in the year 1887 AD, a peasant woman starts digging among some ruins which peek through the hot desert sand, looking for old bricks which she can grind into a fertilizer for her garden."
            Kate shivered, feeling goose bumps on her arms. She folded them and leaned forward to stare once more at Nefertiti.
            "The peasant finds what becomes known as the Amarna Letters, around three hundred baked clay tablets with diplomatic correspondence on them. Other odds and ends are found and slowly the story of the missing royal couple is pieced together and the chisels of the ancient censors are overcome. The legend of Nefertiti starts to be reborn."
            "What happened? How did they find it?" Lorenzo asked, pointing at the bust.
"Egyptologists rush to explore the city of Amarna. Over years, the city is uncovered from the sandy desert," Gliffy continued. "One of these teams comes from Germany and is lead by the famous Egyptologist, Ludwig Borchardt."
Ludwig Borchardt with Nefertiti Bust in Egypt
Ludwig Borchardt (1863 – 1938) was an Egyptian archaeologist, discoverer of the Nefertiti bust and expert and Old Kingdom temples. He founded the German Archeological Institute in Cairo in 1907. He began excavating in Amarna, and discovered the workshop of the sculptor Djhutmose, and in it the bust of Nefertiti, which is now in the New (Neues) Museum in Berlin.
The bust was buried once more in a salt mine in Germany, to protect it from Allied bombs during the Second World War.
Click here for more details in our website on the Nefertiti bust, and here for links to websites dealing with Nefertiti. We also have pictures of Nefertiti in this gallery of our website. Our earlier blog posts on Nefertiti are here, and here.

Bust of Nefertiti
Amarna Tablet - which lead to discovery of Nefertiti Bust
Emilie & Ludwig Borchardt - discoverer of bust of Nefertiti
General George S. Patton  in Egypt during WWII
General Patton's Third Army with Nazi gold  in Merkers mine - DailyMail

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