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King Tut's tomb to undergo third set of scans

By T.K. Randall
February 27, 2017 · Comment icon 36 comments

Are there really hidden chambers in King Tut's tomb ? Image Credit: Jon Bodsworth
A new team is set to attempt a last-ditch effort to find evidence of a secret chamber in the tomb.
The search for a hidden room within King Tut's tomb began back in 2015 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 last year, 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.

Sadly however, enthusiasm surrounding the findings has since all but evaporated, with even Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani admitting that the results had been inconclusive.
Now though, a new group of scientists is set to venture back in to Tutankhamun's tomb for yet another attempt at using ground-penetrating radar scans to look for signs of hidden chambers.

Oddly, the team appears to be keeping the whole affair something of a secret with study leader Professor Francesco Porcelli maintaining that he cannot say anything at all about it without the express permission of Egypt's antiquities ministry.

Exactly what the researchers will be doing differently this time around also remains unclear.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (36)

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Comment icon #27 Posted by Hanslune 7 years ago
Comment icon #28 Posted by kmt_sesh 7 years ago
It's not entirely inconceivable, depending on how you yourself see Amarna history as having played out. Such discourse can cause us swiftly to descend into the murky Amarna tar pits, so one must tread lightly. For instance, did Nefertiti live beyond Akhenaten? There is a growing consensus that she did, at least as I've noticed in the professional literature of recent years. I believe it was none other than Aidan Dodson who proposed the theory that Nefertiti might have lived on as a regent into the very earliest years of Tut's succession. I can't recall which periodical this article was publi... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by Khaemwaset 7 years ago
He's working on it.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Khaemwaset 7 years ago
Indeed, I know of those theories, and they are interesting.  But not too much evidence to hang one's hat on.  With reference to her kingly nomen Ankheperure Nefernefruaten, I cannot help but notice that the -aten is still present, and I don't believe I've seen the name altered to return it to the Theban orthodoxy.  And the state of KV 55, for instance, doesn't argue for full acceptance or forgiveness by the Amun priests for the occupant.  They don't seem to have been a very forgiving lot.   I personally would love to know more about the entire finish of the dynasty, and maybe the little h... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by 3rdeyemansa24 7 years ago
Could anyone explain to me what's the difference between these British
Comment icon #32 Posted by kmt_sesh 7 years ago
These British what? What explanation are you looking for?
Comment icon #33 Posted by 3rdeyemansa24 7 years ago
Could anyone explain to me the difference between these British "archaeologists" and good old fashioned grave robbers ?? Lol
Comment icon #34 Posted by ShadowSot 7 years ago
The remains are treated with respect, studied to know about their past. Artifacts are put on display and studied instead of being squirrled away in a private collection or melted down for monetary value or destroyed.
Comment icon #35 Posted by 3rdeyemansa24 7 years ago
I'll have to disagree on the respect part. In regards to the bodies/mummies in particular, putting them on display is desecration, wouldn't you say? If we put Abraham Lincolns' body on display for instance , americans would have a different reaction. And as for the priceless artifacts, that can be considered theft in every way, especially if those artifacts are being shipped to museums outside the country which they were found.Just like the fact that  Only %10 of artifacts in The British museum are actually from Britain. Shouldn't the descendants of these cultures have claim over the artifact... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by ShadowSot 7 years ago
I think display really depends on how it's done. It can be done respectfully, or not at all.   In the case of the mummies, unlike Abraham Lincoln who is still very well known, these people are long forgotten and the culture long dead.   Putting them where they can be seen and appreciated makes them real again, revives them a little in a sense. It helps put the lie to what is extremely disrespective, ascribing their accomplishments to aliens or Atlantis.   As far as the artifacts, yes there was a time that archaeology was just respectable grave robbing. And I do personally support repatri... [More]

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