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Chronicle: Nefertiti and the Computer


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Nefertiti was the most beautiful and famous of queens of ancient Egypt. Was she also one of the most powerful? A remarkable new research project strongly suggests this was so. At Karnak in Egypt, 3,300 years ago, the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten, husband of Nefertiti, built a vast and brightly painted temple for his new religion.
After his death the priests of the old religion hastened to destroy it, leaving only some 45,000 carved stone blocks scattered in the core of the later monuments as witness to its short-lived glory. During the last five years Ray Winfield Smith, former US diplomat and general, has been directing the project, which by use of a computer has been rediscovering for the first time the nature and shape of Akhenaten's temple complex. As well, it has produced a quite new assessment of Nefertiti's status and importance. Introduced by Magnus Magnusson.
(More than just a pretty face...: P.11)


Presenter: Magnus Magnusson
Interviewee: Ray Winfield Smith
Director: Paul Jordan
Producer: Paul Johnstone

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