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Search continues for King Tut hidden chamber


Posted on Wednesday, 2 March, 2016 | Comment icon 289 comments

Is Queen Nefertiti buried behind Tutankhamun's tomb ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Miguel Hermoso Cuesta
New scans will take place next month in a renewed bid to locate a secret room in King Tutankhamun's tomb.
The search for the mysterious hidden room began last year when British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves discovered what he believed to be the outline of at least one hidden doorway after examining high resolution photographs of the tomb's interior.

Soon afterwards the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry authorized the use of scanning equipment within the tomb to look for evidence of hidden rooms and initial infrared scans revealed that part of the tomb's northern wall appeared to exhibit a different temperature to the rest of the tomb - a discrepancy thought to indicate the presence of a secret chamber.

Excitement grew even further when earlier this year Egypt's tourism minister, Hisham Zazou, appeared to confirm to a news outlet in Spain that a treasure-filled chamber had been found.

His comments, which were later played down by the ministry, have since become the subject of much speculation and it remains unclear whether a chamber was actually found or not.

What we do know however is that more scans have been scheduled for the beginning of next month and that a press conference will be held afterwards to announce the results.

If a secret chamber really has been found within the walls of King Tutankhamun's tomb then it will undoubtedly be one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever made.

Source: Live Science | Comments (289)

Tags: Tutankhamun, Egypt

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #280 Posted by LucidElement on 10 May, 2016, 13:23
Whats one small minor hole? I mean FILL it , if need be lol... wire a little snake came through it, lets get moving.. I could get a group of Navy Seal's to be in and out of that place in 10min and make it look like they were never in there.. With ANSWERS lol.
Comment icon #281 Posted by phantulum on 10 May, 2016, 17:46
I feel like something is weird about this..... just a little off. wondering why that is.
Comment icon #282 Posted by questionmark on 10 May, 2016, 17:48
I feel like something is weird about this..... just a little off. wondering why that is. Lots of hype because of a false wall?
Comment icon #283 Posted by back to earth on 10 May, 2016, 21:37
I think it is about to happen ..... the tourist shop there has just ordered in some some small scale junky Mafdet Lynxes .
Comment icon #284 Posted by PersonFromPorlock on 10 May, 2016, 21:48
Such sudden maidenly blushes and demurrals! There are times when I think well of Dynamite Archeology.
Comment icon #285 Posted by Kenemet on 11 May, 2016, 2:48
I feel like something is weird about this..... just a little off. wondering why that is. Most Egyptologists I know were somewhat skeptical of the idea. It's been dismissed as a tempest in a teapot abetted by the Minister of Tourism to try and get more people to Egypt. The pyramid scans were also inconclusive and have been criticised for being a lot of hype and not as much science.
Comment icon #286 Posted by kmt_sesh on 11 May, 2016, 3:14
And the drama continues. I received the following link in an EEF email: http://news.national...ar-archaeology/ “I tell you, everybody I talked to who is in the GPR business just rolled their eyes and said, ‘There’s nothing here at all,’” Lawrence Conyers, the author of Ground-Penetrating Radar for Archaeology, said. A number of experts said that radar can’t distinguish “organic” material, as Watanabe claimed. Do read the full article. It's quite entertaining. I haven't witnessed a whole of this myself, but it can be entertaining to watch academics quibble with each other. These are supposed to... [More]
Comment icon #287 Posted by Merc14 on 11 May, 2016, 3:38
When they won't release their raw data you know there is a problem. Watanabe has no reason to hold the raw data back other than he knows that his findings are flawed.
Comment icon #288 Posted by kmt_sesh on 11 May, 2016, 3:43
When they won't release their raw data you know there is a problem. Watanabe has no reason to hold the raw data back other than he knows that his findings are flawed. It was the same problem with the Egyptian team and its DNA analysis of the Amarna mummies. To this day they have shared almost nothing about the precise methodology employed. The team released the results, of course, but scientists are kind of a curious lot and like to know how results are achieved. So then as now, I agree. If you don't release the data for review, you are in essence nullifying your own work. I'm not outright say... [More]
Comment icon #289 Posted by kmt_sesh on 11 May, 2016, 3:49
Most Egyptologists I know were somewhat skeptical of the idea. It's been dismissed as a tempest in a teapot abetted by the Minister of Tourism to try and get more people to Egypt. The pyramid scans were also inconclusive and have been criticised for being a lot of hype and not as much science. See my Post 47 in the "Scanning the pyramids" thread. There's a link to an article on Hawass's site in which he has some entertaining things to say about the thermal imaging, et cetera. Thermal imaging itself is not likely to reveal a whole lot about the pyramids, other than the distribution and fluctuat... [More]


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