Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Tutankhamun 'secret chamber' does not exist

Tutankhamun 'secret chamber' does not exist

FILE - In this April 1, 2016 file photo, radar scanning experts scan a wall in King Tutankhamun's burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt. Egypt's antiquities ministry said Sunday, May 6, 2018, that new radar scans have provided conclusive evidence that there are no hidden rooms, as was earlier suspected, inside the burial chamber. His linen-wrapped mummy was buried in a lavish golden sarcophagus, and the tomb, discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, is the most famous of all the burial sites in Egypt's Valley of the Kings and the source of ongoing fascination, myths and legends.

The study contradicts claims made by a British Egyptologist, Nicholas Reeves, who said in 2015 that photographs and scans of the tomb's northern wall seemed to suggest the presence of a secret chamber.

The ministry says previous scans by Japanese and American scientists had proved inconclusive.

It said Porcelli had submitted a report that "concluded, with a very high degree of confidence. the hypothesis concerning the existence of hidden chambers or corridors adjacent to Tutankhamun's tomb is not supported by GPR data". The mystery surrounding her makes the discovery of her lost tomb, which could provide DNA and answers to unresolved questions, all the more appealing to Egyptologists worldwide.

The possibility of previously undiscovered chambers in the boy king's tomb generated massive interest around the world.

Francesco Porcelli of the Polytechnic University of Turin presented the findings at an global conference in Cairo.

His 2015 paper The Burial of Nefertiti, he argued that the relatively small tomb had originally been designed for Queen Nefertiti - and her remains could possibly lie further within the tomb.

King Tutankhamun's tomb does not have any secret chambers.

However, Italian specialists from the University of Turin used new penetrating radar scans to reach their conclusion, saying they were confident in the results. Researchers believe the queen was Tutankhamen's stepmother.

Researchers have been using radar imaging to uncover the truth. Parts of the $795 million Grand Egyptian Museum - including exhibits focusing on Tutankhamun and his time - are due to open this year, with a grand opening planned in 2022.

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