Published: Tue, May 08, 2018

Egypt says no hidden rooms in King Tut's tomb after all

Egypt says no hidden rooms in King Tut's tomb after all

An interior view of the King Tutankhamun burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt, 28 November 2015. A 3,000-year-old sculpture of the queen, immaculately preserved, has made her one of the most recognisable women of ancient Egypt. With his iconic gold and blue striped death mask, Tutankhamun has become somewhat of a poster boy for all Egyptian Pharaohs.

"Our work shows in a conclusive manner that there are no hidden chambers, no corridors adjacent to Tutankhamun's tomb", Porcelli said, "As you know there was a theory that argued the possible existence of these chambers but unfortunately our work is not supporting this theory".

In October of that year, British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves announced that the remains of Queen Nefertiti were likely buried in a concealed chamber behind the tomb.

Tutankhamun, one of the last kings of Egypt's 18th dynasty, died at around the age of 19 under mysterious circumstances.

The tomb was discovered in 1922 and found to contain a wealth of treasures. This seemed to provide support to the theory of Reeves that there was a secret chamber and was presumably undiscovered.

This means that the radar waves could have travelled along the walls before returning to the receiver, showing not a hidden chamber, but the very room in which the researchers were scanning. Initially the findings were supported by a former Egyptian minister of the antiquities, but this drew criticism from many experts.

Now the third set of scans, led by archaeologist Francesco Porcelli of the Polytechnic University in Turin, has performed the function of a tie-breaker.

Experts used ground penetrating radar (GPR) to arrive at the "conclusive evidence", the ministry said in a statement.

After an exhaustive survey, the Italian team have found no evidence that there was any second chamber or corridors in the tomb complex of Tutankhamun. It will undoubtedly disappoint many who had hoped that the burial chamber of the legendary Queen Nefertiti could be once more revealed to the world.

New research, however, has concluded the chamber simply is not there.

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