|Bust of Queen Nefertiti - reformatted|
"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.
|Ludwig Borchardt with Nefertiti Bust in Egypt|
|Bust of Nefertiti|
|Amarna Tablet - which lead to discovery of Nefertiti Bust|
|Emilie & Ludwig Borchardt - discoverer of bust of Nefertiti|