Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Famous Amarna Stela a Fake?

The latest issue of KMT magazine has an article by Rolf Krauss that suggestes that a famous Amarna stela in the Cairo Museum might be a fake. If this turns out to be true, there could be serious repercussions.

This is the stela that Cairo received instead of the famous bust of Queen Nefertiti (that went to Berlin). The Egyptians have felt for years that they were cheated during the division of finds from Berlin's excavations at Amarna. If the prime piece that they receeived turns out to be a forgery they will be really upset (and rightly so).

Also, if the stela is a forgery, were the excavators a part of the fraud in an attempt to make sure that Berlin got the Nefertiti bust?

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