- Nov 2016
I, of course, see Kiya and Nefertiti as the same woman. The more I poke around, the more convinced I become.
As far as I know, you assume that Nefertiti reigned as Pharaoh Semenkhkare. So if Nefertiti was this Pharaoh and was identical with Kiya and Kiya with the Younger Lady, it would mean that Nefertiti was murdered as a Pharaoh (which of course would also apply if the mummy in KV35YL is identical to Nefertiti anyway, without the detour via a Nefertiti=Kiya identification). This does not appear to be impossible if it is true that Nefertiti is the author of the letter (found in an archive in Hattusha) to the Hittite king Suppiluliuma, whose author is a certain Dahamunzu (in Egyptian = Ta hemet nisu = the royal wife). Before that the Mitanni king had been overthrown and his son had fled to the Hittites, where he married a daughter of the Hittite king, which may have inspired ´Dahamunzu´ to her marriage plan. The letter says: "My husband died, and I have no son. But it is said that your sons are numerous." Then the author expresses her wish to marry one of the princes. So a Hittite mediator visited the queen in Egypt and negotiated a contract according to which after a marriage "the two great countries will only be one country". A Hittite prince Zanzanna travelled to Egypt to marry Nefertiti, but was murdered by assassins, what led to furious Hittite attacks on Egyptian Syria. It would be conceivable that Nefertiti, who if identical with Dahamunzu had of course committed treason in the eyes of traditionalists, had also been forcibly eliminated, since they had enough of Akhenaten's religious revolution and didn't want a political revolution now, to top it all off. The good diplomatic relations Egypt had with Mitanni since Amenophis III were, by the way, to a high degree based on the fact that Mitanni formed a buffer zone between the aggressive Hittites and Egypt.