Scans in high-resolution suggest that the tomb of Tutankhamen the boy-king of Egypt contains passages and a pair of hidden chambers, including what one archaeologist from Britain believes is Queen Nefertiti’s last resting place.
If that is proven, this discovery would be one of the most significant of the century and would shed light on what continues to be a very mysterious period of history of Egypt despite international interest that reached a frenzied pace.
Nefertiti, whose regal beauty with chiseled cheekbones is immortalized in a bust that is 3,300 years old in a museum in Berlin, died during the 14th century BC.
A Egyptologist from Britain told a Cairo news conference on Thursday that he believed King Tut’s mausoleum was occupied originally by the Queen, thought by most experts to have been the King’s stepmother and she has lain there undisturbed behind what he says is a wall for more than 3,000 years.
Mamdouh al-Damaty the Antiquities Minister in Egypt said that if that were true then the discovery would even overshadow that of Tutankhamen himself and the most important in the 21st century.
Reeves thermal imaging and radar could help to establish whether the secret rooms were indeed behind the burial chamber of Tut and what they could hold.
Damaty said now the thing to do would be to carry out studies using radar at the site, which might begin during the next 90 days.
King Tut died in approximately 1323 BC. His tomb is completely intact with his golden burial mask was discovered in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings by Howard Carter another Egyptologist from Britain.
Experts for a long period have looked to understand why the tomb of Tut was smaller than other pharaohs and why the shape of it was more like that of the queens of that time in Egypt.
Egyptologists are still uncertain over where the Queen died and was ultimately buried, as it was long believed that she died during the reign of her husband suggesting she could be in Amarna, where in 1912 her bust was found.