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Encyclopedia > Joann Fletcher

Dr. JoAnn Fletcher is an Hononorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York and Consultant Egyptologist for Harrogate Museums and Arts. She has undertaken excavation work in Egypt, Yemen, and the UK, and has examined both on-site and in collections around the world. Dr. Fletcher writes for The Guardian newspaper and the BBC's History Online Web site, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio. She divides her time between her native Yorkshire, northern France, and Egypt.

The following is an excerpt from Fletcher's book, The Search for Nefertiti, regarding the 2nd, more in-depth) investigation (by a team of experts) of a/the mummy believed to be that of Nefertiti:

Nevertheless, the eveidence shows that a woman ruled as pharoah in the late 18th dunasty at the end of the Amarna Period, and the Younger Woman (Nefertiti?) appears to have been buried with her right arm arranged in the pose of a Pharaoh. She was also buried with a short wig most likely set in the Nubian style, with Amarna-era double earrings and gold beads of the type found in the Amarna Period tomb KV.55. Having suffered malicious damage at the time when all traces of Amarna underwent similar treatment, her mummy was then reburied with two individuals (mummies) who seem to have been members of the Amarna royal family, all three of them prepared using mummification techniques unique to the later 18th dynasty. And then of course there is the the facial reconstruction, which speaks for itself. Yet, as Earl Ertman wisely pointed out to me (Dr. Fletcher), 'Unless this mummy can sit up and speak to us and tell us who she is, then there will always be those who won't believe it.'


Fletcher, JoAnn. The Search for Nefertiti: The True Story of an Amazing Discovery. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2004.

Note: All copyrights are held by Dr. JoAnn Fletcher.

Information submitted by Renee Hill, anthropology Ph.D. student at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California.



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