Dr Hawass is on the path of Queen Nefertiti, the step-mother of well-known pharaoh Tutankhamun within the Valley of the Kings – the identical location Howard Carter discovered KV62 in 1922. Nefertiti, who was married to the Boy King’s father – Akhenaten – died in 1331BC, however her tomb has by no means been found. Nonetheless, Dr Hawass informed Categorical.co.uk solely that issues are beginning to warmth up, as he probes an space close to Amenhotep III’s tomb, WV22 that he believes was used to bury historical royals.
He mentioned “I’m working within the Valley of the Kings, the place I’m hoping to find the tomb of Nefertiti and plenty of extra within the East Valley within the coming weeks.
“Additionally [I should find] all of the Queens of the 18th Dynasty, little kids of the Kings.
“They’re all buried on this valley and I’m nonetheless looking out.”
He was talking following the opening of the brand new exhibition in London: “Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh.”
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They’re all buried on this valley and I’m nonetheless looking out
Greater than 150 artefacts have travelled from Egypt to the Saatchi Gallery and will probably be on show now till Might 3, 2020.
For the primary time ever, 60 gadgets have left the nation, earlier than they return to their everlasting residence within the new Grand Egyptian Museum subsequent yr.
Lately closed in Paris, the exhibition grew to become France’s most visited of all time with an attendance of over 1.four million.
Dr Tarek Al Awady, curator of the exhibition detailed to Categorical.co.uk the large activity of organising it.
He mentioned: “It’s a really thrilling factor to have the ability to tour the world with King Tutankhamun.
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“Nevertheless it’s additionally an enormous accountability, we’re travelling with 150 masterpieces from the tomb of Tutankhamun.
“So we’re working in keeping with well-placed plans for the transportation, the packing of the artefacts, the set up of the artefacts, and we do have a well-trained staff to do the job for the King.”
Pressed on his favorite of the bunch, Dr Hawass revealed that there was one object that caught Mr Carter’s eye – a lot so he ordered the inscription to be written on his grave too.
He mentioned: “My favorite treasure is the wishing cup, and the reason being as a result of it’s stunning, it’s made from alabaster.
“This was additionally Howard Carter’s favorite piece.
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KV62 in 1922, the scenes Howard Carter noticed
Tutankhamun’s treasures at the moment are on show
“On that piece there’s a non secular prayer that Howard Carter requested to be written on his grave.
“After I visited his tomb final yr, I discovered the inscription of this cup written on it [his grave].”
Often called the Lotus Chalice, the cup was one of many first objects which Carter and his excavators discovered on coming into the tomb.
The vessel was virtually instantly behind the doorway of the hall to the antechamber, the place they broke in, on the bottom.
Translated on Carter’s grave, the message reads: “Might your spirit stay, might you spend tens of millions of years, you who love Thebes, sitting along with your face to the north wind, your eyes beholding happiness.
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Dr Hawass added: “All of those 150 artefacts have been inserted within the tomb which might assist the deceased to combat and go straight to the afterlife.
“Every considered one of them is exclusive, in the event you take a look at it, it would seize the guts of any customer to this exhibition.
“I don’t consider within the afterlife, however it was the assumption of the afterlife that allowed the traditional Egyptians to construct Egypt.
“With out that perception, you’ll by no means have this nice civilisation constructing pyramids and constructing tombs and all of the distinctive artefacts that helped them to get to the afterlife.
“It was a very powerful factor, it constructed Egypt.”