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No hidden chamber in Tutankhamun's tomb

By T.K. Randall
May 6, 2018 · Comment icon 42 comments



It turns out that King Tut's tomb is not hiding any secret rooms after all. Image Credit: Jon Bodsworth
A third radar scan of the young pharoah's tomb has conclusively ruled out the existence of hidden chambers.
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 2016, authorities revealed that they had identified what appeared to be two concealed rooms inside the tomb - a discovery that seemed to confirm the presence of a secret burial chamber - possibly even that of King Tutankhamun's mother, Queen Nefertiti.

Sadly though, two years on, Egyptian officials have now revealed that the results of a third set of scans have determined once and for all that no hidden chambers exist behind the tomb's walls.
The news marks a disappointing end to one of modern archaeology's most intriguing treasure hunts.

"The finding is that there is no evidence of doors or empty spaces beyond the funeral chamber up to four meters," said Franco Porcelli of the Polytechnic University of Turin.

"It's disappointing, but this is the result. This is conclusive in our point of view."

Source: National Geographic | Comments (42)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #33 Posted by DieChecker 5 years ago
Too bad, I was looking forward to more glittering treasures being brought up from the past. †
Comment icon #34 Posted by kmt_sesh 5 years ago
Let me check my closet. I haven't cleaned it lately. There might be something back behind Jimmy Hoffa and Genghis Khan's tomb (it's a big closet).
Comment icon #35 Posted by The Wistman 5 years ago
Comment icon #36 Posted by DieChecker 5 years ago
She certainly is a Gem.†
Comment icon #37 Posted by kmt_sesh 5 years ago
Where'd you guys find that old photo of me?
Comment icon #38 Posted by The Wistman 5 years ago
† You should have tossed the gloves, kmt.† They are just too much.
Comment icon #39 Posted by kmt_sesh 5 years ago
Yeah, you're right. They were a last-minute thought. And they didn't even really complement my shoes.
Comment icon #40 Posted by The Wistman 5 years ago
As a fashion choice, I s'pose those gloves are out of the question now, huh.† What with your more...er...'classic' attire these days!† BTW...I think that 'oatmeal' is a delightful color on you.† And the distressed fabrics don't need no gussying up with those old diamond baubles at all!
Comment icon #41 Posted by kmt_sesh 5 years ago
I don't know. It's nice to add a bit of a color splash to the bandages. One pair of Tut's gloves was fancy:
Comment icon #42 Posted by Windowpane 5 years ago
† He didn't have many socks,†did he ...† Lost at the laundry, presumably.


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