Queen Nefertiti’s Legendary Lost Tomb May Have Been Discovered Inside King Tut’s Burial Chamber

One of the greatest mysteries in Egyptology may have just been solved.

The lost tomb of Queen Nefertiti may be hidden undisturbed just behind the burial chamber of King Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, according to a study examining high-resolution scans of the chamber walls.

In a report published by the Amarna Royal Tombs Project, Nicholas Reeves of the University of Arizona said the scans by Factum Arte show two spots that have been patched over.

“Cautious evaluation of the Factum Arte scans over the course of several months has yielded results which are beyond intriguing: indications of two previously unknown doorways, one set within a larger partition wall and both seemingly untouched since antiquity.”

Reeves proposes that one entrance leads to a storeroom from Tut’s era, while the other leads to an older royal burial chamber: that of Queen Nefertiti herself, who was King Tut’s stepmother.

The passage leading to Nefertiti’s tomb, if it’s indeed there, would be in the wall on the other side of King Tut’s sarcophagus:

While some believe King Tut’s final resting place was a small private tomb that was quickly expanded for use by the boy-king after his premature demise, Reeves argues that just the opposite is true.

It’s actually a much bigger burial chamber, he writes, one that had been designed for royalty all along — one that already contained a member of the royal family.

Reeves also argues that the rightward orientation of the tomb, formally known as KV 62, is more consistent with queenly burial chambers than those of kings of that era.

He writes:

“At the time of Nefertiti’s burial within KV 62 there had surely been no intention that Tutankhamun would in due course occupy this same —> Read More