Newly discovered secret chambers in King Tut's tomb may hold Queen Nefertiti
Egyptologists speculate they've found hidden chambers in King Tut's tomb.
By Bart Hyche | Feb 25, 2020 | Print-friendly

King Tut's tomb continues to surprise us. Nearly 80 years after its discovery, archaeologists have uncovered evidence of never-before-seen hidden chambers that may house the long-sought remains of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.

The researchers, led by former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty, were scanning the walls of Tut's tomb using radar technology that can reveal what lies behind opaque objects. According to the findings they shared with Nature Magazine, their scans indicated an unidentified space behind the burial chamber. This space appears to measure 33 feet long and 7 feet high, they said.

Eldamaty's team speculates that this space, if it exists, may be part of a larger network of hidden chambers deep in the tomb. Some Egyptologists have speculated these chambers' existence for years but never had the means to prove it.

The team said that within these chambers might lie the burial site of Nefertiti, Tut's stepmothershe was the wife of Tut's father, King Akhenaten. Her remains have never been found.

Some researchers have reached opposite conclusions. Italian physicist Francesco Porcelli, for example, examined the tomb in 2017 and concluded that there was no evidence of hidden chambers.

But Ray Johnson, an Egypt-based University of Chicago Egyptologist who was not involved in the research, said that he finds Eldamaty and colleagues' results convincing and "tremendously exciting." He told Nature that "Clearly there is something on the other side of the north wall of the burial chamber."

Tutshort for Tutankhamenbecame ruler of Egypt circa 1332 BCE as a chile but only reigned nine years before dying at the age of 19. British archaeologist Howard Carter first unearthed his tomb in 1922.