Hidden chambers likely: King Tut Tomb

Published: November 29, 2015

Hidden chambers likely: King Tut Tomb, Scans of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings point to a secret chamber, archaeologists said Saturday, possibly heralding the discovery of Queen Nefertiti’s long-sought mummy.

Using hi-tech infrared and radar technology, researchers are trying to unravel the mystery over the legendary monarch’s resting place.

A wife of Tutankhamun’s father Akhenaten, Nefertiti played a major political and religious role in the 14th century BC, and the discovery of her tomb would be a major prize for Egyptologists.

Experts are now “approximately 90 percent” sure there is a hidden chamber in Tutankhamun’s tomb, Antiquities Minister Mamduh al-Damati told a news conference.

The scans were spurred by a study by renowned British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves that said Nefertiti’s lost tomb may be hidden in an adjoining chamber.

Speaking at the same press conference, Reeves said the initial results could bear out his theory.

“Clearly it does look from the radar evidence as if the tomb continues, as I have predicted,” he said.

“The radar, behind the north wall (of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber) seems pretty clear. If I am right it is a continuation — corridor continuation — of the tomb, which will end in another burial chamber,” he said.

“It does look indeed as if the tomb of Tutankhamun is a corridor tomb… and it continues beyond the decorated burial chamber,” he added.

“I think it is Nefertiti and all the evidence points in that direction.”

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