Can Nefertiti help Egyptian tourism?

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egypte3The downturn in tourism to Egypt is being countered by the Egyptian authorities which seems to be making announcements about its heritage regularly in order to drum up interest in the country and try and persuade visitors to go there.

Last week an Austrian archaeological team discovered a giant fence dating back more than 3,500 years at the site of another ancient capital city, Avaris. The sandstone fence is least 500 metres long and seven metres thick.

But the bigger announcement concerned two people whose names resonate with the public – Nefertiti and Tutankhamun.

Based on early results from a new exploration of the site in which Tutankhamun was found, the ministry for antiquities says that there is a 90% chance of there being hidden chambers in his tomb. Because one Egyptologist, Nicholas Reeves, has said that Tutankhamun died suddenly, he might have been placed in Nefertiti’s tomb as Nefertiti is believed to have been his mother.

Whilst the comments of Reeves are just conjecture at this stage, the naming of two of Egypt’s most glamorous past rulers will excite a public that seems to be unable to get enough about the legendary pair. Back in the 1970’s when the Tutankhamun exhibition opened at the British Museum, queues went around the block.

If the analysis points to a chamber in the tomb then Egypt will be anxious to undertake the excavation as soon as possible. It will mean more headlines around the world, more interest from those fascinated by the age of the pharaohs and eventually more visitors to Luxor and Egypt. Over the last couple of years, visitor numbers to Luxor have declined and Egypt has been working to reverse this trend. Finding the tomb of Nefertiti might be the answer.

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