Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities,
commissioned a rare DNA test on the mystery mummy to determine
its gender. He kindly faxed Disclosure a copy of
to the geneticist who carried out the test, it’s a man-mummy.
We wanted to talk to Dr. Fletcher, but finding a mummy
hunter isn’t easy.
Test [PDF] - see the Sex Identification
Report conducted for Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities
seeing the DNA report, we wanted to talk to Dr. Fletcher more
than ever. But finding a mummy hunter isn’t easy.
strolled the crumbling ramparts ... We scoured the ancient
edifices ... We tried several times to talk to her, but we
were told Fletcher was refusing all interviews about the Nefertiti
controversy. Surely she’d want to know her mummy was
now looking a little ... manly?
We pinned a copy of the DNA report to Dr. Fletcher's
door and headed west to tell the folks at Discovery
about the DNA
did finally unearth Fletcher’s home address on the Yorkshire
coast. But wouldn’t you know, Dr. Fletcher wasn’t
we left her a copy of the DNA report and headed west to tell
the folks at Discovery about the DNA test.
would they take the news that Nefertiti was shaping up as
the drag queen of the Nile?
Mark Kelley sat down with Discovery’s Vice President
of Production, Phil Fairclough:
The position from all of the human remains experts that
examined the body was that it was the skeleton of a female.
If there is new evidence which suggests otherwise I would
be delighted to see it and we will follow that story.
KELLEY: I’ve got a good story for
you, I guess. I mean have you seen the DNA study that
Dr. Hawass did on that?
No, I haven’t seen the DNA study but I’d be
delighted to see it and if there is new evidence which
suggests that there is DNA and that the DNA is male--
Discovery's Vice President of Production, Phil
KELLEY: Take a look; it’s only
FAIRCLOUGH: Well I can’t, I can’t
actually decipher that, but if Dr. Hawass has got evidence
that this is a male then we’d be delighted to analyze
that evidence and publicize that evidence.
KELLEY: But what happens to the film,
do you then keep running the film? Because you want scientific
accuracy here and if ... this mummy is more a daddy ...
Do you then pull it, pull the film?
FAIRCLOUGH: If there is more evidence
to be revealed then the program will be updated.
again, maybe not. When versions of Nefertiti Resurrected
went to air recently in the United Kingdom and Canada, there
were no new elements added.
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