End of quest: Researchers say no secret chamber in Tutankhamun's tomb

08 May, 2018, 00:55 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Visual of what the GEM would look like upon completion

Egyptian authorities say new radar scans have failed to detect any hidden chambers in the tomb of ancient boy-king Tutankhamen.

The Ministry of Antiquities has issued an official statement on Monday in which it stated conclusively that there are no hidden rooms in Tutankhamun's burial chamber.

Reeves had theorized in 2015 that the tomb belonged to Nefertiti, the wife of Tutankhamun's father, King Akhenaten. He even argued the long-lost body of the infamous queen could still be lying within the secret passage since her remains have never been found. The mystery surrounding her makes the discovery of her lost tomb, which could provide DNA and answers to unresolved questions, all the more appealing to Egyptologists worldwide.

Radar scans have provided conclusive evidence that there are no hidden rooms inside the burial chamber, bringing a disappointing end to years of excitement over the prospect.

Researchers have been using radar imaging to uncover the truth.

It said Porcelli had submitted a report that "concluded, with a very high degree of confidence. the hypothesis concerning the existence of hidden chambers or corridors adjacent to Tutankhamun's tomb is not supported by GPR data". The latest ground-penetrating radar data closes the lid on the tomb having such hidden secrets, it said. If a certain portion of natural rock wall appears to be thinner, it could suggest the presence of a human-made blocking wall, added sometime after the initial structure was constructed.

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However, this new research showed no such indication of any suspicious walls, nor any large empty voids lurking behind them.

No marked discontinuities or telltale reflections were found, according to the science team's leader, Francesco Porcelli.

During the conference, Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said that the first phase of the new museum, including King Tut's halls, will be completed by the end of this year but the date for the museum's "soft opening" has yet to be decided.

King Tutankhamun's mummy still rests in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

Tutankhamun, who died at about 19, became the world's best known pharaoh of ancient Egypt after his almost intact tomb was discovered by the British Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922.

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