Egypt says no hidden rooms in King Tut's tomb after all

Egypt says no hidden rooms in King Tut's tomb after all

Egypt says no hidden rooms in King Tut's tomb after all

The result of a third radar survey by an Italian mission from the Polytechnic University of Turin is likely to end a three-year debate over the presence of a hidden chamber for ancient Queen Nefertiti in the boy king's tomb as suggested by the British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves in 2015, the ministry said in a statement.

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced on Sunday that no hidden chamber could be found in Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings of Upper Egypt's Luxor.

The somber news was presented at the fourth International Tutankhamun Conference in Cairo, which was attended by Egyptogists and archaeologists from all over the world.

It has always been speculated that beyond King Tut's tomb were a number of hidden chambers, but without any real proof. "As you know, there was a theory that argued the possible existence of these chambers, but unfortunately our work is not supporting this theory".

King Tutankhamun's mummy still rests in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. A radar scan organized by National Geographic in 2016, for example, failed to replicate Reeves' results.

The ministry says two earlier scans by Japanese and American scientists had proved inconclusive, but it insists this latest ground-penetrating radar data closes the lid on the tomb having such hidden secrets.

A team of Italian researchers used ground-penetrating radar to scan the tomb's walls.

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Tutankhamun was Pharaoh of Egypt during the New Kingdom period, a golden age in Egyptian history. Has this ended the speculation that there remains to be discovered another tomb alongside that of Tutankhamun's? Researchers believe the queen was Tutankhamen's stepmother.

King Tutankhamun continues to fascinate historians.

Reeves said he saw hints of covered-over doorways in high-resolution images of the 3,300-year-old tomb's main chamber.

They believe the painted plaster walls that cover the limestone may have conducted the radar in places, instead of absorbing it. The virtual autopsy indicated that the boy king suffered from a genetic bone wasting disease and a club foot, making him unable to walk unaided.

The tomb was discovered in 1922 and found to contain a wealth of treasures.

The ministry had been gradually moving King Tut's belongings to a new museum outside Cairo near the Giza Pyramids to undergo restoration before they are put on display. The museum's grand opening is planned for 2022.

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