Tutankhamun's secret chamber does not exist, Nefertiti mystery remains unsolved

Arturo Kim
May 8, 2018

The announcement brings a disappointing end to years of speculation that the tomb of ancient Egypt's young pharaoh king contained passages to a hidden chamber that could be the last resting place of Queen Nefertiti.

Egypt's Antiquities Minister, Khaled al-Anani, said the authorities in the country accepted the results.

Researchers with Italy's Turin Polytechnic University have found no evidence of the existence of any secret chamber behind King Tutankhamun's burial chamber, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said Sunday.

It has always been speculated that beyond King Tut's tomb were a number of hidden chambers, but without any real proof.

The results of a Ground Penetrating radar, GPR, conducted by a Japanese and American scientific mission in 2015 and 2016, and supported by British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves's theory in 2015, which states that there was a chamber which belonged to Queen Nefertiti behind Tut's tomb led to a huge controversy among Egyptologists in Egypt and the world.

"It is concluded, with a very high degree of confidence, that the hypothesis concerning the existence of hidden chambers or corridors adjacent to Tutankhamun's..."

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Francesco Porcelli of the Polytechnic University of Turin presented the findings at an worldwide conference in Cairo. This was a third test after two previous tests were inconclusive, but this time they mean it.

Tutankhamen's burial chamber is located in the Valley of the Kings in the southern city of Luxor.

One theory suggested it could have been the tomb of Queen Nefertiti - who some think was Tutankhamun's mother.

The tomb was discovered in 1922 and found to contain a wealth of treasures.

The findings of the latest radar survey were presented during the fourth International Tutankhamun Conference in Cairo.

The new museum is located just outside of Cairo and nearby the Giza Pyramids and much of Tut's luggage has been moved, but after an incident in 2015, which caused the beard of King Tut's golden mask to come undone and then quickly reattached with some kind of epoxy glue, it has been reported that tensions between archaeologists is high.

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