Scans suggest a hidden chamber in King Tut's tomb

Scans Suggest A Hidden Chamber In King Tut's Tomb
Scans Suggest A Hidden Chamber In King Tut's Tomb

Archaeologists believe they have located a hidden section of King Tutankhamun's tomb that may be Queen Nefertiti's burial chamber.

The announcement was made Saturday after a radar scan of a wall in Tut's tomb showed there could be another hidden chamber on the other side.

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They were acting on a theory from Nicholas Reeves, a British archaeologist, whose speculation was met with a fair bit of skepticism.

But now, the Egyptian antiquities minister says they're 90 percent positive there is a hidden chamber that would represent "one of the most important finds of the century."

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"If I'm right, this is simply part of the entrance to the tomb of Nefertiti," Reeves said.

Reeve's theory that the tomb belongs to Nefertiti is based on a few different things: Tut's death mask displays some feminine characteristics, meaning it might have been intended for a female wearer. And the burial chamber itself is uncharacteristically small for a Pharaoh, which suggests Tut might reside in what is merely an outer chamber of a larger complex.

It'll be hard to prove that it's Nefertiti's tomb without getting inside. Archaeologists may drill a hole through an adjoining room to get a camera in the chamber before attempting to open a wall themselves and risk damaging the ancient structure.

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