Scans Of King Tut’s Tomb Show ’90 Percent’ Chance Of Secret Rooms
King Tut is hiding something.
Radar scans of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings appear to have confirmed a new theory that there are other chambers — and possibly another tomb — hidden behind the walls.
“Obviously it’s an entrance to something,” Hirokatsu Watanabe, the Japanese radar specialist who conducted the scans told National Geographic via a translator. “It’s very obvious that this is something. It’s very deep.”
Egyptian antiquities minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said the data would take another month to analyze — but the results are so strong that he’s “90 percent positive” there is another chamber behind the wall of King Tut’s tomb, according to video of a news conference posted online by Luxor Times.
The scans add more evidence to a theory put forward by Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, who made international headlines over the summer when he said he found evidence of two hidden doorways in the burial chamber.
Reeves, who made the discovery while analyzing high-resolution scans of the walls, believes that secret chamber may hold the long-lost final resting place of Queen Nefertiti.
If the analysis of the radar scans confirms the presence of hidden chambers, archaeologists will have to find a way to access them without disturbing King Tut’s burial chamber or whatever may be waiting in the other room.
One option is to drill a small hole to send a camera through, el-Damaty told National Geographic.
“The key is to excavate slowly and carefully and record well,” Reeves told Reuters. “The fact is this isn’t a race. All archaeology is disruption. We can’t go back and re-do it, so we have to do it well in the first place.”
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