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Researchers Confirm: Ancient Mystery Mummy Legs Belong to Queen Nefertiti

Three portions of mummified legs were found in an ancient tomb in 1904. More than 100 years later, we now know its real owner.

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In 1904, Egyptologists ventured into the tomb of Queen Nefertiti only to find that her grand burial place had been looted and now just a shell of its former self. Among the remains within the tomb were three portions of mummified legs, which were assumed to belong to Queen Nefertiti.

The owner of these mummified legs have baffled Egyptologists for decades.

The owner of these mummified legs have baffled Egyptologists for decades.

Queen Nefertiti was the most famous wife of Ramses the Great, the ruler of Egypt from 1279 to 1213. The queen’s rob was among the most elaborate in the Valley of Queens, near the capital Luxor. The walls of her tomb were decorated with various colorful paintings, including a ceiling depicting the night sky.

Nefertiti's Tomb in the Valley of Queens serve as proof of the lavishness of Egyptian royal tombs.

Nefertiti's Tomb in the Valley of Queens serve as proof of the lavishness of Egyptian royal tombs.

Nefertiti was not without her monuments outside her tomb. She has a statue found at a rock temple in Abu Simbel in southern Egypt, which is right beside her husband’s which is of the same size indicating her status.

Nefertiti’s tomb had been looted long before Egyptologists were able to study it. But there are a few clues that shed light on the lavishness of her tomb. It was a tomb with no signs of second burial (eliminating the possibility that the tomb belonged to one of Ramses’ daughters), and were 34 “shabtis” with her name engraved on them left behind in her tomb. These are wooden figurines to provide the dead with manual labor in the afterlife.

Not only was Queen Nefertiti known to be one of Ramses' most beloved wives, but she's the only one with monuments showing her equal status to her husband.

Not only was Queen Nefertiti known to be one of Ramses' most beloved wives, but she's the only one with monuments showing her equal status to her husband.

As for the mummified legs still wrapped in linen, the fragments are as follows: the longest is about 30 cm and consists of part of a thigh bone, kneecap, and part of one of the long bones in the lower leg. The second and third sections consist of a part of a lower leg bone and a part of a thigh bone, respectively.

Frank Ruhli, director of the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zurich, and his team x-rayed the leg pieces to confirm that they did belonged to a woman between the age of 40 and 60, based on the arthritis in the knee. Queen Nefertiti died at around that age, in the 25th year of her husband’s reign. Furthermore, the substances used in embalming were consistent with those used in Egypt’s 19th and 20th dynasties.

The age of the mummified legs strengthened the argument that they belonged to the queen, and the embalming process used was consistent with the one used during her time.

The age of the mummified legs strengthened the argument that they belonged to the queen, and the embalming process used was consistent with the one used during her time.

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After years of no conclusive data on the owner of these legs, the researchers were able to deduce that the most likely owner of these mysterious legs was indeed Queen Nefertiti.

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Top 10 Funniest Comebacks in History

You’ll never have another moment of regretting not coming up with a great comeback with these quotes!

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L'esprit de l'escalier or l'esprit d'escalier, literally meaning 'staircase wit', is a French term that refers to thinking of the perfect comeback when it's too late. You've definitely experienced this before, and the frustration is unreal!

However, there are a lot of moments from history where famous people were able to come up with witty comebacks that totally rekt their opponent. Here are some of the best.

1. Leonard Nimoy vs. fan

1. Leonard Nimoy vs. fan

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In 1964, This Woman Was Hit By A Meteorite While She Was Sleeping In Her Couch

According to history, Ann Hodges of Alabama was the first human victim of a meteorite.

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Some of us may remember that in 2013, a massive meteorite wreaked havoc near the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia. The space rock’s sonic boom damaged buildings and injured over a thousand people.

It’s basically like a scene out of a sci-fi book – except this one was real!

Perhaps unknown to many, however, this wasn’t the first time a meteorite injured a human being. The first person to have been hit by a meteorite, as confirmed by history, is a woman from Sylacauga, Alabama.

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Scotland’s 6,000-Year-Old Stone House Still Has Its Stone Furniture

Now that is awesome!

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Located at Knap of Howar on the island of Papa Westray in Orkney, Scotland is a stone house that is considered by many as the oldest of its kind in northern Europe. According to radiocarbon dating, the structure was occupied from about 3700 BC to 2800 BC – which dates back much earlier than other stone houses found in the settlement at Skara Brae on the Orkney Mainland.

And it’s actually very fascinating!

As you will see on the photos below, the farmstead has two thick-walled buildings with low doorways facing towards the sea. The larger, older structure is assumed to either be a workshop or a second house.

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