King Tut's tomb may have been intended for a woman

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King Tut's Tomb May Have Been Intended For A Woman

Was King Tutankhamun's burial chamber initially intended for a female occupant?

That is the argument of some experts who point out the more feminine elements of his tomb in a Smithsonian video.

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According to Egyptologist Chris Naunton, one telling feature is the right turn that must be made after entering.

As the narrator points out, "The entrance to every king's tomb from Tut's dynasty involves an immediate turn to the left. The only other right hand turn is in the tomb of Hatshepsut, a female pharaoh."

See how experts restored King Tut's mask:

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CAIRO, EGYPT - OCTOBER 20: German expert Christihan Eijkman restarted the restoration of one of the priceless pieces of the time of the Pharoahs, King Tutankhamun's mummy's golden mask, due to the failure of the first restoration attempt at the Egyptian Museum in the capital Cairo on October 20, 2015. (Photo by Mahmoud Bakkar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - OCTOBER 20: German expert Christihan Eijkman (R) restarted the restoration of one of the priceless pieces of the time of the Pharoahs, King Tutankhamun's mummy's golden mask, due to the failure of the first restoration attempt at the Egyptian Museum in the capital Cairo on October 20, 2015. (Photo by Mahmoud Bakkar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - OCTOBER 20: German expert Christihan Eijkman restarted the restoration of one of the priceless pieces of the time of the Pharoahs, King Tutankhamun's mummy's golden mask, due to the failure of the first restoration attempt at the Egyptian Museum in the capital Cairo on October 20, 2015. (Photo by Mahmoud Bakkar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - OCTOBER 20: German expert Christihan Eijkman (R 2) restarted the restoration of one of the priceless pieces of the time of the Pharoahs, King Tutankhamun's mummy's golden mask, due to the failure of the first restoration attempt at the Egyptian Museum in the capital Cairo on October 20, 2015. (Photo by Mahmoud Bakkar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The golden mask of Tutankhamun is seen during restoration process by German specialists in restoration work on antiquities in glass and metal at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on October 20, 2015. Egypt started work to remove a crust of dried glue on the beard of legendary boy pharaoh Tutankhamun's golden mask after a botched repair job on the priceless relic. The beard fell off in an August 2014 accident at the Cairo Museum, leading to the botched repair by employees. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - OCTOBER 20: German expert Christihan Eijkman restarted the restoration of one of the priceless pieces of the time of the Pharoahs, King Tutankhamun's mummy's golden mask, due to the failure of the first restoration attempt at the Egyptian Museum in the capital Cairo on October 20, 2015. (Photo by Mahmoud Bakkar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
German specialists in restoration work on antiquities in glass and metal, Christian Eckmann (R) and Katja Broschat (L), work on the restoration process of the golden mask of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on October 20, 2015. Egypt started work to remove a crust of dried glue on the beard of legendary boy pharaoh Tutankhamun's golden mask after a botched repair job on the priceless relic. The beard fell off in an August 2014 accident at the Cairo Museum, leading to the botched repair by employees. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
German specialists in restoration work on antiquities in glass and metal Christian Eckmann works on the restoration process of the golden mask of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on October 20, 2015. Egypt started work to remove a crust of dried glue on the beard of legendary boy pharaoh Tutankhamun's golden mask after a botched repair job on the priceless relic. The beard fell off in an August 2014 accident at the Cairo Museum, leading to the botched repair by employees. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
German specialists in restoration work on antiquities in glass and metal Christian Eckmann works on the restoration process of the golden mask of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on October 20, 2015. Egypt started work to remove a crust of dried glue on the beard of legendary boy pharaoh Tutankhamun's golden mask after a botched repair job on the priceless relic. The beard fell off in an August 2014 accident at the Cairo Museum, leading to the botched repair by employees. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Dr. Yasmin El Shazley with the Egyptian Museum in Cairo notes the feminine-looking faces on the canopic jars, where the deceased's organs were placed, reports the Daily Mail.

King Tut's death mask also seems to have womanly features, and it has the abnormal quality of being welded from two separate pieces.

Further, the earlobes are perforated, which was unusual in sculptures of men from that time.

Well-known archaeologist Nicholas Reeves agrees with these experts; in fact, he thinks the chamber was designed for former pharaoh Nefertiti who he believes may still lie hidden in the area, reports the National Geographic.

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