Ancient mysteries

Archaeologists suspect King Tut’s wet nurse was his sister, Meritaten

The burial mask of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun exhibited on April 2, 2015 in Munich. (Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)

It’s long been known that Egyptian boy pharaoh Tutankhamun had a wet nurse named Maia, but recent analysis of carvings within Maia’s tomb have lead archaeologists to believe that she was in fact his sister, Meritaten.

“Maia is none other than princess Meritaten, the sister or half-sister of Tutankhamun and the daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti,” said French archaeologist Alain Zivie, who discovered the Saqqara tomb in 1996. According to Zivie, the carvings depict King Tut and Maia — or Meritaten — as having similar eyes and chin, “the family traits.” In one carving, she is shown sitting in a royal throne with Tutankhamun sitting on top of her.

Meritaten’s mummy has never been found, but is believed by some to live in a secret chamber in the tomb of King Tut.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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