Thursday, October 21, 2004

Don't know if we've posted this book review by Mark Rose over at Archaeology magazine on Joann Fletcher's The Search for Nefertiti: The True Story of an Amazing Discovery, but here it is: Where's Nefertiti?

Last year, the public was hit by a media barrage touting an amazing Egyptological find: a long-neglected mummy was none other than the famous queen Nefertiti. The identification was promoted in the Discovery Channel's two-hour documentary "Nefertiti Resurrected." According to a Washington Post article, 5.5 million viewers tuned in to the documentary when it aired August 17, 2003, putting it in the top ten programs ever for the cable channel.

Due out in October, The Search for Nefertiti: The True Story of an Amazing Discovery (William Morrow & Co., $25.95) is the American edition of a companion book to the documentary. Here's how the publisher sums it up: "After years of intense research, Dr. Joann Fletcher has answered the questions countless researchers before her could not. While studying Egyptian royal wigs, she read a brief mention of an unidentified and mummified body, discovered long ago and believed to belong to an Egyptian of little the astonishment of her colleagues she identified this body as the missing remains of Queen Nefertiti."

Covers the controversy and the issues surrounding it very well. It's a very familiar storyline to those who have followed Egyptology for a while: author makes startling claim about Egyptian history, professional Egyptologists decry it as unsound, etc., books fly, and after a few years everybody forgets about it. Somewhat similar to the flap some years ago about the supposed great age of the sphinx.

Also check out The Archaeology of Hidden Cave, Nevada. Pretty famous site for those studying the western U.S.

Both links via About.Com.