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Doubts raised over King Tut hidden chambers

By T.K. Randall
May 10, 2016 · Comment icon 289 comments



Are there really hidden chambers in King Tut's tomb ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Harry Potts
Egyptian authorities have stated that better technology will be needed to investigate the tomb further.
The search for a hidden room within King Tut's tomb began last year when British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves discovered what he believed to be the outline of at least one hidden door after examining high resolution photographs of the tomb's interior.

Then in March authorities revealed that they had identified what appeared to be two concealed rooms inside the tomb - a discovery which seemed to confirm the presence of a secret burial chamber - possibly even that of King Tutankhamun's mother, Queen Nefertiti.

Now though, following months of speculation, Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani has conceded that the results remain inconclusive and that new technologies will be needed before archaeologists will be able to tell for sure whether there is anything there or not.
The announcement has generated an air of general skepticism about the whole thing with some experts criticising the way in which the tests have been conducted.

"Handling the project wasn't done scientifically at all," said former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass. "We have to stop this media presence, because there is nothing to publish."

It isn't clear what will happen next however the investigation is still likely to continue.

"I will not make any drills (in the tomb walls) until I am sure 100 percent that there is a cavity behind the wall... I'm very satisfied with the warm scientific debate," said Anani.

Source: Phys.org | Comments (289)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #280 Posted by LucidElement 7 years ago
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 7 years ago
I feel like something is weird about this..... just a little off. wondering why that is.
Comment icon #282 Posted by questionmark 7 years ago
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 7 years ago
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 7 years ago
Such sudden maidenly blushes and demurrals! There are times when I think well of Dynamite Archeology.
Comment icon #285 Posted by Kenemet 7 years ago
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 7 years ago
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 7 years ago
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 7 years ago
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 7 years ago
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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