Discovery Channel will present a two-hour special in August chronicling the
expedition that has unearthed a mummy believed to be that of Nefertiti, the
long-lost Egyptian ruler of the controversial Amarna Period.
Discovery funded the expedition of Dr. Joann Fletcher as part of its
"Discovery Channel Quest" initiative, and it will chronicle her pursuit and
findings Aug. 17 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Nefertiti -- whose name means "the beautiful or perfect one has come" -- and
several of her six daughters achieved unusually high status during the reign of
her husband and co-ruler, Akhenaten, during the 14th century B.C.
They were depicted prominently on royal buildings and shown taking the
leading role in religious ceremonies, including ritual executions -- a duty once
performed only by the pharaoh.
Nefertiti may well have strongly influenced Akhenaten's support of the Aten
religion and persecution.