King Tut's tomb may have hidden chambers

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    King Tut’s tomb may contain two hidden chambers, experts say

    King Tutankhamun’s tomb may contain two hidden chambers, archaeologists say, further fueling speculation that they could lead to Nefertiti’s tomb.

    Egypt’s antiquities minister confirmed Monday that experts found evidence indicating the existence of two previously undiscovered rooms, National Geographic reports, citing Egyptian state media. The findings suggest that the western and northern walls of the burial chamber could hide two burial chambers, according to Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty.

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    There is speculation that one of the hidden burial chambers could contain Nefertiti’s tomb. Archaeologist Nicholas Reeves, who participated in the study of King Tut’s tomb, wrote an article earlier this year in which he claimed that Tutankhamun’s tomb contains two hidden doorways. The “ghosts” of the hitherto unrecognized doorways could lead to an unexplored western storage chamber and Nefertiti’s final resting place behind the chamber’s northern wall, he said.

    Reeves argues that Tut, who died suddenly at the age of 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of Nefertiti's original tomb. Earlier this year the archaeologist told the Times of London that he discovered the bricked-up doorways after examining digital scans of the walls of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings, across the Nile River from Luxor in southern Egypt.

    National Geographic reports that, until Monday, Reeves’ theory had not been supported by a physical examination of the tomb. The archaeologist cited a line on the ceiling of tomb as evidence that it had once been a corridor and also noted a marked contrast in the different materials used in the same wall. Reeves hopes that further examination of the tomb wall will be conducted using radar equipment and thermal imaging. The scope of future investigations will very much depend on Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry – one of the proposed doorways is covered by a priceless wall painting, according to National Geographic.
     
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