King Tut Mystery Deepens As Scans Reveal Signs Of Hidden Chamber
There’s new evidence to support a theory that King Tutankhamun’s tomb may be hiding two secret chambers. And these hidden rooms could solve an ancient mystery: What happened to Queen Nefertiti?
On Thursday and Friday, the walls of Tut’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings were scanned using infrared thermography.
“The preliminary analysis indicates the presence of an area different in its temperature than the other parts of the northern wall,” Mamdouh el-Damaty, the Egyptian minister of antiquities, told National Geographic.
While more time is needed to confirm the results, the changes in temperature could be the result of open space behind the wall. That would support a headline-making theory proposed over the summer by archaeologist Nicholas Reeves, who examined high-resolution scans of the walls and found what he believes to be evidence of two plastered-over doorways.
One is just on the other side of Tut’s sarcophagus:
Reeves hypothesizes that the tomb was not originally built for Tut. He said the layout is for a queen, not a king, and that the hidden chamber could hold the long-lost final resting place of Queen Nefertiti.
While some believe the “Younger Lady” mummy found in 1898 is actually Nefertiti, many others are not convinced, and her final resting place is considered one of the great unanswered questions of Egyptology.
Reeves has said that when Tut died unexpectedly at a young age, there was no tomb ready for him so Nefertiti’s burial chamber was sealed off, and part of her tomb was repurposed for the boy king.
If the room exists and holds the mummy of Nefertiti, it may also have escaped the notice of grave robbers and still contain the royal treasures that were buried with her nearly 4,500 years ago.
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