Akhenaten, known before the fifth year of his reign as Amenhotep IV, was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty who ruled for 17 years and died in 1336 BC. He is noted for abandoning traditional Egyptian polytheism and introducing worship centred on the Aten, or sun disk. Akhenaten tried to shift the culture from Egypt’s traditional religion, but the ideas were not widely accepted.
After his death, his monuments were dismantled and hidden, his statues were destroyed, his name excluded from the king lists, and his body hidden.
However, a discovery in 1907 may have uncovered the true resting place of the king’s body, Amazon Prime’s “Egypt New Discoveries” revealed.
In the 2015 series, archaeologist Dr Zahi Hawass detailed the true mystery behind the tomb known as KV55.
He said: “No one can tell you the true story of this tomb, it’s like a mysterious film, but I will tell you the truth.
“This tomb actually has no inscriptions, 22 stairs and a huge chamber as if it was cut especially for something.
“A damaged portrait of Akhenaten was found inside with four canopic jars containing the organs of a mummy.
“All these objects tell us something about Akhenaten and the beautiful coffin they found.
“Inside was a skeleton that they found out could be for Akhenaten.”
In February 2010, a scientific study into the remains confirmed the body was the son of Amenhotep III as well as the father of Tutankhamun – Akhenaten.
However, many have disputed the assessment, as well as the true age of the mummy.
It is also clear that the tomb was re-entered at a later time, almost certainly during the 20th Dynasty.
At this time, any occupant of the tomb could have been removed and replaced with another body.