Joann Fletcher

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Dr. Joann Fletcher (born 1966) is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York and Consultant Egyptologist for Harrogate Museums and Arts. She has undertaken excavation work in Egypt, Yemen, and the UK, and has examined mummies both on-site and in collections around the world. Dr. Fletcher writes for The Guardian newspaper and the BBC's History Online Web site, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio, most recently in Mummy Forensics, a programme on the History Channel.

Queen Nefertiti

In 2003, Dr. Fletcher took part in a controversial expedition to the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, where she claimed to have found the mummy of Queen Nefertiti, among the cache in tomb KV35. Her expedition was funded by the Discovery Channel, which also produced a widely-criticized documentary on her findings. Dr. Fletcher's conclusions have been dismissed by some Egyptologists, who claim that the mummy in question was a male as young as 15 years old, and that evidence used to support Dr. Fletcher's theories is insufficient, circumstantial and inconclusive. However, it is debatable that DNA sexing, one of the lines of evidence used, is either (i) reliable in the case of material which has been extensively handled or (ii) that DNA sexing is reliable in material of this age/temperature history. Also, the theory has been previously published by Marianne Luban in 1999 in an article posted on the Internet, entitled...
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