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date: 30 March 2020

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Although many of the bodies found in the Valley of the Kings have been identified from archaeological evidence, several have remained unnamed until recently. Radiological and genetic analyses have been used in a number of studies over the last ten years to identify some of these mummies, including Nefertiti, Hatshepsut, Akhenaten, and others, and to describe the family tree of Tutankhamun over several generations. Controversy and criticism have haunted each of these identification studies, and much of the data has yet to be released in a clear, peer-reviewed form. However, new methods are being developed and refined that show great promise, particularly for ancient DNA analysis, making the future for both the identification of individuals and kinship analysis very promising.

Keywords: identification studies, kinship analysis, radiology, ancient DNA, Nefertiti, Hatshepsut, Tutankhamun, Akhenaten

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