Nefertiti: An Alien or Human?

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A sculpture of Nefertiti

When King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in 1922, intact after more than 3000 years, it was considered the most prominent historical find of its time. But even more astonishing, a recent high resolution of his burial suggests that two hidden chambers may be attached to the site. Some speculate that the passageway leads to Queen Nefertiti’s undiscovered tomb. If so, why? What is the significance of it? Most conspiracy theories suggest that Nefertiti held a higher place; in other words, she was an extraterrestrial. To this day, a cloud of mystery still shrouds the topic: was Queen Nefertiti of this world?

Nefertiti was one of the most powerful, yet mysterious women of the ancient Egyptian world. Perceived as the equal of her husband, Pharaoh Akhenaten, she is best known for her sandstone bust and feminine beauty. She ruled alongside him from 1353 to 1336 BC, during which the king led a tremendous religious reorientation. 

Several advocates of the “alien theory” insist that Nefertiti has extraterrestrial-like physical features, especially compared to the people of her time. She had fuller hips, a protruding belly, thinner facial features, and a cone-shaped skull.

Furthermore, during the reign of Nefertiti and her husband Akhenaten, they- strangely enough- transformed the religion of the Egyptians. Instead of worshipping several deities as previously done, they “opened their heart” to one- Aten, the god of creation. As a result, theorists speculate that Akhenaten was influenced by Nefertiti, a supposed alien, to create a significant shift in religion. Though the hypothesis is bizarre, the queen and king’s sudden change in ideology is indeed mysterious.

According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, Nefertiti and Akhenaten seem to have departed Earth on occasion. Similarly, other texts have depicted them returning to Earth. Could this mean that not only Nefertiti but the couple was from another world? The legend, however, seems to favor only Nefertiti because her parents’ identity had never been discovered.

Though the thesis hasn’t been confirmed yet, conspiracists continue to argue in its favor. But the same evidence provided can be explained by different hypotheses. Nefertiti could’ve had strange physical features simply by coincidence. Akhenaten’s religious transformation may have merely been a personal revelation. Likewise, Egyptian religion might have influenced ancient hieroglyphic texts illustrating Nefertiti and her husband departing and returning to Earth. This would allegedly lead to the conclusion that the “alien theory” is faulty. Nevertheless, the hypothesis continues to be debated.