The Antiquities Minister believes there ARE hidden chambers behind the walls of Tutankhamun's tomb. But it's not Nefertiti buried there. It's another queen.
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This week saw British Egyptologist, Nicholas Reeves, along with officials from the Ministry of Antiquities, examine Tutankhamun's burial chamber to investigate Reeves' theory. Dr. Reeves is convinced that the final resting place of Queen Nefertiti lies hidden behind a false wall in Tutankhamun's tomb, however the Antiquities Minister, Mamdouh el-Damaty, thinks it may be the boy king's mother, Kiya.
So what did they discover this week?
The physical examination of the tomb allowed Reeves and el-Damaty to look for features not present in the digital photos he had been using. The main findings were:
- A distinct line that extends along the ceiling from the antechamber to the edge of what he believes is the false door. This supports his theory that originally, Tutankhamun's burial chamber was part of the corridor leading to the false wall hiding Nefertiti's burial. When Tutankhamun died, the space before the wall was extended westward to accommodate the boy king's sarcophagus and golden shrines.
- A marked contrast in the materials that cover different parts of the same wall. There is a distinct difference between the area that was cut westward to expand the room for Tutankhamun's burial, and the area that originally comprised the false wall concealing Nefertiti's burial.
What happens now?
A press conference is being tomorrow to announce formally this week's findings and the proposed next step.
Ground penetrating radar equipment is being summoned from Japan to test for the presence of cavities behind the northern and western walls of the tomb. That should be happening during November sometime. And if there IS evidence of hidden rooms? Well, that's when it gets really challenging because the proposed northern doorway is covered by a priceless wall painting.
The last word goes to the man who started this latest wave of "Tutmania", Nicholas Reeves: "I'm pretty sure that a very important discovery is to be made soon inside Tutankhamun's tomb."