Recreated Face of Queen Nefertiti Sparks Accusations of Whitewashing

What was supposed to be a historical reconstruction project, showing the face of King Tut’s biological mother Queen Nefertiti for the first time, has turned sour, amid accusations of whitewashing.

The Travel Channel, as part of its series “Expedition Unknown” with Josh Gates, will showcase 3-D imaging technology to map the mummy of Nefertiti’s face and create a replica. Paleoartist Elisabeth Daynès, who had previously recreated King Tut more than a decade ago, sculpted the bust of Nefertiti, which was then compared to images of her face.

“This remarkable face seems to be consistent with ancient representations of Nefertiti,” said Egyptologist Dr. Aidan Dodson of Bristol University in a release. “It’s extraordinary. When taken alongside the latest reading of the genetic data, this provides us with truly exciting evidence that the mummy of the Younger Lady is none other than Queen Nefertiti herself.”

It is in the comments about Nefertiti’s looks and the subsequent 3-D modeling that have sparked criticism.

The Sun reports that some on social media have pointed out that Nefertiti appears to have a lighter skin tone than is believed to be accurate.

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SOURCE: Fox News, Chris Ciaccia