Archaeology & History
King Tut's tomb yields possible hidden room
By T.K. Randall
November 7, 2015 · 57 comments
It's looking likely that King Tut's tomb may hold an ancient secret. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Harry Potts
Archaeologists have discovered compelling evidence of an empty space hidden behind one of the walls.
First put forward by British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves, the idea that there could be a hidden chamber somewhere within the tomb of King Tutankhamen - possibly even the long lost burial chamber of Queen Nefertiti - has been gaining a significant amount of interest in recent months.
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.
Last month the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry finally authorized the use of scanning equipment within the tomb to look for evidence of hidden rooms and now, following initial infrared scans of the burial chamber, archaeologists believe that they might have actually found something.
Minister of Antiquities Mandouh el-Damaty has revealed that part of the tomb's northern wall appears to exhibit a different temperature to the rest of the tomb - a discrepancy which could indicate the presence of a hidden chamber that has been sealed away since antiquity.
"A number of experiments will be carried out to determine more accurately the area marking the difference in temperature," he said.
More results from the analysis of the tomb's interior are expected within the next few weeks.
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