Egyptians get more scans of secret rooms behind Tut's tomb

April 1, 2016 by Hamza Hendawi
Egyptians get more scans of secret rooms behind Tut's tomb
British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves prepares to enter King Tutankhamun's tomb at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt, Thursday, March 31, 2016. A radar surveys is scheduled Thursday by to confirm or deny claims that King Tutankhamun's tomb contains hidden undiscovered chambers. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Egypt's archaeologists announced Friday they completed more extensive scanning of the two recently discovered hidden chambers behind King Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings as part of a quest that some hope could ultimately lead to finding Queen Nefertiti's remains.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani told reporters gathered at the famed site on the western bank of the Nile River, opposite the southern city of Luxor, that experts worked for 11 hours overnight to obtain 40 scans of five different levels of the area behind Tutankhamun's burial chamber.

More scans will follow at the end of April, he said, and invited archaeologists from all over the world to come to Cairo in early May to examine the findings.

The scans are part of a quest for the remains of Queen Nefertiti and could answer the question whether her mummy lies behind the false walls in the Luxor complex.

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves said he still believes Tut's tomb is "simply the outer elements of a larger tomb" belonging to Nefertiti.

The discovery made last month that the hidden rooms behind King Tut's tomb could contain metal or organic material could shine new light on one of ancient Egypt's most turbulent times, and Reeves has theorized that Nefertiti might be inside.

Others have speculated that the new chambers could contain the tomb of a member of Tutankhmun's family, not necessarily Nefertiti, who was one of the wives of Tutankhmun's father, the Pharoah Akhenaten, but is not believed to be Tut's mother.

Egyptians get more scans of secret rooms behind Tut's tomb
British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves enters King Tutankhamun's tomb at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt, Thursday, March 31, 2016. A radar surveys is scheduled Thursday by to confirm or deny claims that King Tutankhamun's tomb contains hidden undiscovered chambers. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Reeves told reporters Friday at the Valley of the Kings that the overnight scanning provided "the most detailed data" so far on the secret chambers.

He has speculated that Tutankhamun, who died at age 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti's tomb.

"I believe and I still believe" that the King Tut's tomb is "simply the outer elements of a larger tomb that is of Nefertiti," he said, repeating his assertion about the ancient queen whose 3,300-year-old bust on display in Berlin is one of the most famous symbols of ancient Egypt and classical beauty.

Egyptians get more scans of secret rooms behind Tut's tomb
South Korean tourists walk outside King Tutankhamun's tomb at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt, Thursday, March 31, 2016. A radar surveys is scheduled Thursday to confirm or deny claims that King Tutankhamun's tomb contains hidden undiscovered chambers. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

The discovery of the hidden chambers has ignited massive interest among the archaeological community and beyond. It could also renew excitement in Egypt's antiquities and help reinvigorate the country's flagging tourism industry.

Tourism has been hit hard in Egypt in recent years by political violence, an insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula, and persistent attacks since the military's 2013 overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president.

Egyptians get more scans of secret rooms behind Tut's tomb
Antiquities Minister, Khaled El-Anani, talks before he enters with Egyptologists the King Tutankhamun's tomb at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt, Thursday, March 31, 2016. A radar surveys is scheduled Thursday to confirm or deny claims that King Tutankhamun's tomb contains hidden undiscovered chambers. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptians get more scans of secret rooms behind Tut's tomb
British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, right, listens to a member of his team before they enter King Tutankhamun's tomb at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt, Thursday, March 31, 2016. A radar surveys is scheduled Thursday by to confirm or deny claims that King Tutankhamun's tomb contains hidden undiscovered chambers. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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gkam
3.5 / 5 (8) Apr 01, 2016
What a wonderful prospect.
huckmucus
5 / 5 (6) Apr 01, 2016
Suspense! Oh, for the good old days of sledge hammers and picks! Git er dun! Inquiring minds want to know! Now!

Cheek/tongue.
Dug
5 / 5 (5) Apr 01, 2016
What nice PR regurgitation. Would have been actually meaningful to see the results of the supposed new scans. Egyptologist posing for PR shots is neither news, unexpected or informative. Nothing content providers being a tourism tool.
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.8 / 5 (5) Apr 03, 2016
It always amuses me how people think they are being clever in misunderstanding that physorg is a site that reprints PR news releases.

Guys like Dug expect scientific American and national geographic articles.

Hey Dug, now that physorg has informed you about these developments, why don't you do a little research? This is the internet after all.
obama_socks
1 / 5 (2) Apr 03, 2016
What nice PR regurgitation. Would have been actually meaningful to see the results of the supposed new scans. Egyptologist posing for PR shots is neither news, unexpected or informative. Nothing content providers being a tourism tool.
- Dug
I agree that it IS PR, guaranteed to raise even more speculations with bated breath, as well as more funding. But it is for a good cause, after all.
Four possibilities within any of the two chambers:
1) Queen Nefertiti
2) An E.T. alien
3) Azazel
4) Library of ancient papyri along with many dead beetles

We will just have to wait until after 4/7/2016 for the confirmation. I prefer the Library.
gkam
2.6 / 5 (5) Apr 03, 2016
5) Xenu and Jimmy Hoffa.
gkam
2.6 / 5 (5) Apr 03, 2016
6) Judge Crater.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.4 / 5 (5) Apr 04, 2016
7) a pile of dead idiots like obamasocks to be used for fuel in the afterlife.
https://youtu.be/yrgq52Uc3YE
obama_socks
not rated yet Apr 05, 2016
7) a pile of dead idiots like obamasocks to be used for fuel in the afterlife.
https://youtu.be/yrgq52Uc3YE
- Otto/StumpRump

Otto again relies on YouTube to increase the volume of Otto's misanthropic brain cells. Otto is a truly ugly character...for sure.

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