Travel Channel is prepping a special that will reveal the face of King Tut’s biological mother for the first time.
The two-part historical forensic reconstruction special will be featured on the network’s series, Expedition Unknown on Feb. 7 and Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Gates and his team, along with Egyptologist Dr. Aidan Dodson of Bristol University, used the latest 3D imaging technology to digitally map the mummy’s face to create a replica of her head. With this model and forensic analysis, paleoartist Elisabeth Daynès sculpted a lifelike bust of the Younger Lady’s face. The result was then analyzed against well-known images of Queen Nefertiti.
The sculpture provides an accurate depiction of Queen Nefertiti’s appearance and boosts the theory that the 3,400-year-old mummy of King Tut’s biological mother, nicknamed the “Younger Lady,” is also Queen Nefertiti.
The damaged mummy of the “Younger Lady” was uncovered in a tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings in 1898. Through DNA evidence in 2010, the mummy was proven to be King Tut’s biological mother. Tut’s father was the pharaoh Akhenaten, who was married to Nefertiti. The theory goes that this mummy could be the remains of the queen, whose body has never been positively identified.
An hour-long special, Expedition Unknown: After the Hunt will premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT, following each episode will revisit Gates’ journey as he and his team analyze their findings, key evidence and reveal never-before-seen footage from the expedition.
Sculpture by Elisabeth Daynès in partnership with Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown and Josh Gates. Photo courtesy of Travel Channel.