The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has announced that the investigation of King Tut’s tomb has found initial evidence of the long-sought burial place of Queen Nefertiti.
King Tut’s tomb is the first site to be explored in a new project called “Scan the Pyramids” involving Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, Cairo University, and the HIP Institute, a French institute using technology to study and preserve cultural heritage.
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“The preliminary analysis indicates the presence of an area different in its temperature than the other parts of the northern wall, ” announced Egypt’s antiquities minister. The difference in temperature might mean there’s an open space behind that section of wall, according to Discovery.
If there is indeed a secret room then it could prove the theory of British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves, who earlier this year claimed the tomb of King Tutankhamun contained two doorways that had been plastered and painted over.
Reeves came up with his theory by studying high-resolution scans of the tomb. The scans were actually made to produce a fake version of King Tut’s tomb for tourists, but Reeves says they revealed fissures in the wall that are likely doorways. He believes the larger doorway leads to a chamber where Nefertiti—the wife of Tutankhamun’s father—is buried.
Reeves theorizes that Tut’s tomb wasn’t ready when he died unexpectedly at 19, and so he was buried in Nefertiti’s tomb instead. However other archaeologists claims Nefertiti’s mummy was already found elsewhere in 1898, though her identity was never confirmed, notes Discovery.
According to the Ministry of Antiquities Press Office a very important press conference will be held today at the Giza Plateau to declare the preliminary results of the “Scanpyramids project”.
The conference starts at 5:00 pm, Monday 9 November 2015 in front of the Funerary Temple at the Eastern side of Khufu (Cheops) Pyramid.
The preliminary infrared thermography experiment will be displayed live.