fox news - Has Tutankhamun's tragic teenage wife finally been found?
The mystery of the final resting place of the wife of Ancient Egypt's most famous ruler has moved a step closer to being solved.Egyptologists previously discovered what they believe is the burial chamber of Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun's wife, in the Valley of The Kings.If confirmed, it could help to unravel the final fate of the boy king's wife, who suddenly disappeared from historical records after her second marriage.The teen bride is believed to have had a tragic life, marrying her father, her grandfather and her half-brother Tutankhamun.Archaeologists have now begun to excavate an area near a tomb at the World Heritage Site, which they believe contains her body.Archaeologist and former Egyptian minister for antiquities, Zahi Hawass, announced the start of the dig on his website.He discovered the suspected burial plot near the tomb of the pharaoh Ay in July 2017, using ground penetrating radar.In a written statement, a spokesman for Hawass' research team said: 'In January 2018, Zahi Hawass launched his own excavations at the Valley of the Monkeys, a side valley in the area of the Valley of the Kings.'The focus of the excavations is in the area in close proximity to the tomb of Ay, Tutankhamun's successor.'The radar scans in the area detected the presence of a possible entrance to a tomb at a depth of five metres (16 feet).'It is believed that the location of the tomb of Ankhsenamun, Tutankhamun's widow, who married Ay after Tutankhamun's death, is still hidden somewhere in the Valley of the Monkeys.'Ankhesenamun, who was married to Tutankhamun, who reigned from 1332 to 1327 BC, was wed with Ay after Tutankhamun's sudden death.Ay ruled immediately after King Tut, from 1327 to 1323 BC.Evidence of foundation deposits, caches of pottery, food remains and other tools, suggest the construction of a tomb at the site.Hawass' team plan to excavate the newly discovered chamber to determine exactly who is inside.Speaking to LiveScience at the time of its discovery, Hawass said: 'We are sure there is a tomb there, but we do not know for sure to whom it belongs.'We are sure there is a tomb hidden in that area because I found four foundation deposits.'The ancient Egyptians usually did four or five foundation deposits whenever they started a tomb's construction.'[And] the radar did detect a substructure that could be the entrance of a tomb.'Ankhesenamun was the third child of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Nefertiti and was born in around 1348BC.She was originally called Ankhesenpaaten, but her change of name reflects changes in Ancient Egyptian religion during her lifetime.She was the half sister and cousin of Tutankhamun, with the pair sharing the same father.Tutankhamun's mother, believed to have been Nefertiti, is thought to have been Ankhesenamun's aunt.The queen is said to have married King Tut when he took the throne at the age of nine, when she was just a few years older.After their marriage the pair changed their names in honour of the old monotheistic religio
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