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    DescriptionHer power was rivaled only by her beauty. Her face has become one of the most recognizable images in the world. She was an independent woman and thinker centuries before her time. But who was Egypt's Queen Nefertiti? 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 importance. This body happened to have a wig, which Dr. Fletcher knew was a clear sign of power. After examining the hairpiece and the woman to which it belonged, to the astonishment of her colleagues she identified this body as the missing remains of Queen Nefertiti. The search for Nefertiti had ended. She had been found. But the questions were just beginning. Nefertiti first rose to prominence in Egyptology in 1912, when a three-thousand-year-old bust of the queen was unearthed and quickly became a recognizable artifact around the world. But pieces of Nefertiti's life remained missing. The world had seen what she looked like, but few knew about her place in history. Virtually nothing is recorded about Nefertiti's early years. What is known about her life starts with her rise to power, her breaking through the sex barrier to rule as a virtual co-Pharaoh alongside her husband, Akhenaten. Upon his death she took full control of his kingdom. The Egyptian people loved her and celebrated her beauty in art, but the priests did not feel the same way. They believed Nefertiti's power over her husband was so great that she would instill her monotheistic beliefs upon him, rendering their own power obsolete. Egyptologists concur that it was these priests who, upon Nefertiti's death, had her name erased from public record and any likeness of her defaced. This ultimately led to her being left out of history for three thousand years. In The Search for Nefertiti Dr. Fletcher, an esteemed Egyptologist, traces not only her thirteen-year search for this woman, whose beauty was as great as her power, but also brings to the forefront the way Egypt's royal dead have been treated over time by people as varied as Agatha Christie and Adolf Hitler. She also explores how modern technology and forensics are quickly changing the field of archaeology and, in turn, what we know about history.


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    Title
    The Search for Nefertiti
    Subtitle
    The True Story of a Remarkable Discovery
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J Fletcher
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 452
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 37 mm
    Weight: 807 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780060585563
    ISBN 10: 0060585560
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRAX
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07, 55
    DC21: 932.014
    LC classification: DT87.45.F5
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC028000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 932/.014
    LC classification: DT87.45 .F54 2004
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    WILLIAM MORROW
    Publication date
    01 September 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY