New 3D Reconstruction Of Queen Nefertiti Stirs Heated Controversy

In a historic forensic reconstruction project, researchers have recreated for the first time, the face of Queen Nefertiti, thanks to the latest 3D imaging technology. However, despite the fact that this is a great achievement, Queen Nefertiti’s skin color has raised a heated debate among experts: “Nefertiti’s skin was much darker.”

Using state-of-the-art 3D reconstruction technology, researchers have managed to recreate the face of Queen Nefertiti. The extraordinary sculpture achieved by that project provides a precise representation of her appearance in life and reinforces the theory that the mummy known as The Younger Lady is Nefertiti and also the biological mother of the pharaoh Tutankhamun.

The newly created 3D model of Nefertiti. Image Credit: Travel Channel.

The presenter of the program, Josh Gates, along with his team and famous Egyptologist Aidan Dodson, of the University of Bristol were authorized by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the Egyptian Museum to remove the protective case that covers the mummy and examine it more meticulously.

Using the latest three-dimensional imaging technology, the mummy’s face was digitally mapped to create a replica of the head.

With this model and median forensic analysis, paleoartist Elisabeth Daynès, known for her recreation of the pharaoh Tutankhamun in 2005, sculpted a realistic bust of the queen.

As noted by media, it took experts around 500 hours to accurately rebuild the face of Nefertiti. The Queen’s 3D model is adorned with handmade jewelry from Dior Designers.

And while the newly reconstructed model of Queen Nefertiti looks utterly stunning, the 3,400-year-old Queen’s skin color has raised a heated debate among man experts who argue that her skin would have been much darker.


Queen Nefertiti’s face was created by scientists from the University of Bristol, who digitally painted the face of Queen Nefertiti, in order to embody her true features.

However, many experts say that the Queen’s skin tone is totally off.

In a Twitter post, Josh Gates wrote: World, meet King Tut’s mother and likely the true face of #Nefertiti! First discovered in 1898, the badly damaged mummy of the so-called “Younger Lady” sits in the Egyptian museum. Through 3D imaging and forensic reconstruction, she lives again. #ExpeditionUnknown @travelchannel

The mummy of the Young Lady was discovered, severely damaged, in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings of Egypt, in 1898, and, through DNA tests, it was demonstrated in 2010 that she was the biological mother of Tutankhamun.

Tutankhamun was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh belonging to the 18th dynasty of Egypt and reigned from 1336 to 1327 B.C. In hieroglyphs, the name Tutankhamun was typically written Amen-tut-ankh. Tutankhamun was the son of Akhenaten, the husband of Nefertiti, with whom he had six daughters. Tutankhamun was married, in turn, to Ankhesenpaaten one of the daughters of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, and his half-sister.

Featured image credit: Travel Channel.

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