Scientists to scan King Tut's tomb for secret chamber amid conflicting reports

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By Sean Dowling, Veuer

A team of Italian researchers are going to see if there's a secret chamber inside King Tutankhamun's tomb. It could be treasure, or the remains of King Tut's stepmother, Queen Nefertiti -- or nothing at all.

Researchers with the Polytechnic University Turin will use state-of-the-art radar scanners to see through 32 feet of solid rock. The hunt begins later this month. The project director says it could take a few days or a few weeks.

They'll be the third team to try and find a hidden chamber in the past two years in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Radar scans from 2015 showed great possibility that the tomb was hiding two chambers on the north and eastern walls. But another radar scan from the National Geographic Society didn't show the same thing, so Egypt's antiquities minister called off any more digging at the time.

The Italian researchers say this will be the final investigation. Their goal is to let people know with 99 percent certainty what's in there, if anything.

Right now, it's just the 3,300-year-old resting place of King Tut.

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