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Egypt approves radar hunt for Queen Nefertiti

By T.K. Randall
September 23, 2015 · Comment icon 57 comments



Is Nefertiti hidden next to Tutankhamun's tomb ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Miguel Hermoso Cuesta
Authorities in Egypt have given archaeologists the go-ahead to use radar in King Tutankhamun's tomb.
Archaeologist Nicholas Reeves maintains that when King Tutankhamun died he was placed in the outer section of what was originally the burial chamber of Queen Nefertiti and that the entrance to her tomb could still lie hidden within the boy king's final resting place just waiting to be found.

Dr Reeves made the discovery after examining high resolution photographs taken inside the tomb and believes it contains hidden doorways that have remained undisturbed for thousands of years.
Now following a request to the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry, permission has finally been granted to use radar in an effort to investigate the possibility of a hidden burial chamber.

"Cautious evaluation of the Factum Arte scans over the course of several months has yielded results which are beyond intriguing," he wrote. "[There are] indications of two previously unknown doorways, one set within a larger partition wall and both seemingly untouched since antiquity."

If Queen Nefertiti's long-lost burial chamber is indeed located next to Tutankhamun's tomb then its discovery would represent one of the most significant archaeological finds in Egypt's history.

Source: BBC News | Comments (57)


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Comment icon #48 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
I haven't read the entire thread, so, just asking... Is there some type of time-line to actual excavation with Egyptian authority agreement?
Comment icon #49 Posted by psyche101 7 years ago
It would be awesome if they did find a chamber that looters had not. You know who is in there don't you........
Comment icon #50 Posted by meryt-tetisheri 7 years ago
It seems that Reeves believes that not only the tomb, but also most of Tut's burial artefacts belonged to other pharaohs, possibly Nefertiti "Almost 80 per cent of his burial artefacts — including) the large gilt shrines, sarcophagus, coffins, gold mask, and Canopic equipment) — may not have originally been his". If Reeves is proven right, Nefertiti's burial, or the additional storage rooms (?) would have been sealed - intact & untouched- since Tut's burial. In any case a lot more will be discovered about Amarna & the last years of the 18th dyn., a wealth of information but not necessa... [More]
Comment icon #51 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Is it too late to call dibs on any Golden Couches that come out of there? One would look nice in my living room. Kids might get a little rough with it though.
Comment icon #52 Posted by kmt_sesh 7 years ago
Is it too late to call dibs on any Golden Couches that come out of there? One would look nice in my living room. Kids might get a little rough with it though. You just need to get in there before they drill through to do endoscopy. But hurry, Hawass might beat you to it.
Comment icon #53 Posted by Frank Merton 7 years ago
Is something to be learned or is this a treasure hunt? I suppose I shouldn't be too harsh as we won't know what is to be learned till we get there, but I would be most interested in any engravings and so on on the walls, etc. And the Egyptians could use a little treasure right now.
Comment icon #54 Posted by kmt_sesh 7 years ago
Is something to be learned or is this a treasure hunt? I suppose I shouldn't be too harsh as we won't know what is to be learned till we get there, but I would be most interested in any engravings and so on on the walls, etc. And the Egyptians could use a little treasure right now. The Egyptians are growing desperate due to declining tourist numbers. They've made it no secret they hope this will help to drum up some business for them. Whatever might lie behind those walls, it could prove extremely important. As well recorded and attested as Dynasty 18 is, the Amarna Period is poorly attested. ... [More]
Comment icon #55 Posted by davros of skaro 7 years ago
It could be a room stuffed with mummified Cats? MEW!
Comment icon #56 Posted by kmt_sesh 7 years ago
It could be a room stuffed with mummified Cats? MEW! And gold-lined kitty boxes filled with lapis kitty litter. I'm up for that.
Comment icon #57 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
You just need to get in there before they drill through to do endoscopy. But hurry, Hawass might beat you to it. Hummm.... Not a lot of time to plan then. I'll have to move quick. I'll need maybe fifty LSD laced donuts, some Arabic language Halo games and about a dozen X-Boxes and sceens to play them on. Once the guards are distracted, I'll just slip in and load up my Bag of Holding.


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