Queen Nefertari’s Legs

When Nefertari’s tomb was discovered in 1904, archaeologists concluded that her tomb had been looted. Nefertari was an Egyptian queen and the wife of Ramesses II, the pharaoh who ruled Egypt at the time Israel served the Egyptians as their slaves.

When archaeologists entered her tomb, they discovered that her remains were disturbed and that her granite sarcophagus had been damaged. Among the things archaeologists found in Nefertari’s tomb were a pair of sandals and some leg bones.


Recently, scientists have conducted a study of the mummified leg bones found in Nefertari’s tomb, in order to ascertain whether the leg bones belonged to Nefertari. After conducting a thorough study of the remains, the scientists concluded that the bones, which are over 3,200 years old, are indeed the remains of Nefertari’s legs.

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Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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