King Tut Mystery Deepens As Metals, Organic Material Detected Behind Tomb Walls

It’s being hailed as the potential “discovery of the century” — and it hasn’t even been discovered yet.

Newly released data from radar scans of King Tutankhamun’s tomb find that not only are there secret chambers likely hidden behind the walls, but objects in them as well. The radar scans reveal “metal” and “organic materials,” according to Egyptian officials speaking at a news conference in Cairo on Thursday.

It’s far too early to say if “metals” means a long-lost treasure and if “organic materials” indicates a mummy or mummies, but Egyptian officials, hoping for a much-needed tourism boost, are excited by the possibility.

It could be the discovery of the century,” Mamdouh Eldamaty, the Egyptian antiquities minister, said in a news release from National Geographic, which also released images from the tomb:

The new revelations offer more support for the theory that launched the experiments in the first place.

Last summer, Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves of the University of Arizona made international headlines when he said he found evidence that the walls of the tomb had been patched over in two places, as if entrances to other chambers had been covered up.

He made the discovery not in the 3,300-year-old tomb itself, which is located in the Valley of the Kings, but by examining high-resolution scans of the wall made by Factum Arte.

Later, an on-site inspection of the tomb with Egyptian officials also revealed signs of the ancient cover-up, and in November a radar specialist scanned the walls and found what he called “an entrance to something” hidden within.

It’s very obvious that this is something,” Hirokatsu Watanabe told NatGeo at the time. “It’s very deep.”

Reeves believes the hidden chamber is the long-lost final resting place of —> Read More