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King Tut’s Tomb Reveals Hidden Rooms

What is hiding beyond the west and north walls of King Tut’s burial chamber? This question has remained unanswered for centuries on end. But, now that humans are equipped with sophisticated technology, we might have a ‘peek’ of what lies behind.

The walls of King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber are painted with scenes depicting the burial rituals of the young pharaoh. Radar scans suggest the presence of open spaces behind the walls. PHOTOGRAPH BY BRANDO QUILICCI, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber. Radar scans indicate the possible presence of open spaces behind the walls. Photo credits: Brando Quilicci, National Geographic.

Radar scans have indicated the presence of hidden chambers behind the walls of the tomb. Furthermore, it appears that certain unknown objects that might be made of metal and organic materials are found in those rooms. A further radar test to be conducted by the end of this month is expected to reveal more about the secrets of King Tut’s chamber, announced the Egyptian antiquities minister, Mamdouh Eldamaty, during a press conference held in Cairo to make an exposé of the latest evidence.

Minister Eldamaty says that this “could be the discovery of the century”. His announcement was made after a full report of the results of the radar scans was made available.

The possibility of secrets behind the wall was mentioned in a paper published last year, authored by archaeologist Nicholas Reeves. He came up with this hypothesis after analysing high-resolution laser scans of the tomb: he found what might be signs of doorways that were painted over when the chamber was turned into King Tut’s tomb. Since Reeves’ discovery last July, the tomb has been examined further, and it seems that his theory might not be all that baseless as was first suspected by other Egyptologists.

Last November, radar scans were conducted on the west and north walls of the tomb. Reeves was assisted by a Japanese radar specialist, Hirokatsu Watanabe. Following this work, Minister Eldamaty said that he was “90% positive” of another chamber hiding behind the north wall.

Hirokatsu Watanabe, a radar specialist from Japan, pushes his specially modified Koden-brand machine along the north wall of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber during radar scanning last fall. PHOTOGRAPH BY BRANDO QUILICCI, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Hirokatsu Watanabe, a radar specialist from Japan, using his Koden-brand to run the scan.  Photo credits: Brando Quilicci, National Geographic.

Furthermore, other experts not involved in the study have reviewed the radar findings, saying that they validate the initial theory of the presence of another chamber on the other side of the wall.

The radar tests scheduled for this month will be done with the aim of confirming Watanabe’s results. This will be focused on deciphering the thickness of the walls to determine the next step that is to be followed in this research.

Rumour has it that it might be Nefertiti’s tomb that has been placed just behind the north wall. But, there is no evidence yet to support this.

King Tut’s tomb was discovered by archaeologist Howard Carter back in 1922. It was found to be the most well-preserved royal tomb that has ever been documented by researchers. It enclosed over 5,000 artifacts that were mostly in good condition. This great discovery allowed for a greater insight into the material life of royal life back during the 14th century B.C.


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