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Queen Nefertiti 'Whitewash' not Taken Lightly on Social Media

Queen Nefertiti 'Whitewash' not Taken Lightly on Social Media

The famous bust of Queen Nefertiti in Berlin's Pergamon Museum in Germany. (Dreamstime)

By    |   Tuesday, 13 February 2018 07:11 AM

A Queen Nefertiti “whitewash” claim roiled social media after a lifelike bust modeled from the Egyptian queen’s 3,400-year-old mummy was featured on the Travel Channel.

When the forensic reconstruction project was unveiled earlier this month on the "Today" show the lighter skin tone of the 3D replica sparked controversy online, with many saying Queen Nefertiti would have looked darker, The Sun reported.

The first part of the special "Expedition Unknown" aired on Feb. 7 and the second part is scheduled for Wednesday, said the Travel Channel while riding along on the controversy.

The badly damaged mummy of Queen Nefertiti, who was determined through DNA to be the mother of King Tut, was discovered in a tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in 1898, per the Travel Channel. She was married to Pharaoh Akhenaten and they ruled together during the mid-1300s BC, The Sun said.

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities and The Egyptian Museum allowed Queen Nefertiti’s mummy to be digitally mapped using 3D imaging technology to create a replica of her head, the Travel Channel said.

Paleoartist Elisabeth Dayn�s then sculpted a bust of the queen using the model and forensic analysis, comparing it with other images of Nefertiti.

"This project is very special and very complex," Dayn�s said. "I worked closely with forensic paleopathologists and anthropologists to determine accurate muscle, skin and soft tissue depth. Everything was meticulously calculated by hand."

That wasn’t enough, apparently.

"How arrogant must you be to convince yourself that Ancient Egypt was full of white people without a black person in sight?" activist Preston Mitchum tweeted, per The Sun. "Nefertiti, I’m sorry what they are trying to do to you."

Mitchum was joined by others, for example:

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