Sunday, May 8, 2016

THE SCANS ARE IN BUT THE JURY STILL OUT
ON HIDDEN CHAMBERS IN TUT'S TOMB



AFTER weeks of mounting speculation, scientists and Egyptian authorities have announced that they are still no closer to saying definitively whether there are hidden chambers in Tutankhamun's tomb ... chambers which could be Queen Nefertiti's tomb.

More tests are needed and no one wants to drill holes or otherwise damage the walls of the tomb until absolutely positive evidence is available, scientists announced.

"We have a lot of information. So at this moment, we can't say 100 per cent whether there is something or not," Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anany said after the scans were complete.

Earlier, it was officially confirmed that areas behind what appeared to be hidden doorways in the tomb of Tutankhamun "contain either metal or organic material."

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities announced that radar scans suggested the vague possibility of two previously un-discovered chambers in King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

The Ministry said that the two areas, on the North and Eastern walls of the tomb, contain either metal or organic material, according to scans carried out by Japanese radar specialist Hirokatsu Watanabu.

New scans will be conducted in coming weeks, said the Ministry.

The revelations come months after Egypt's Minister of Antiquities said there was a 90 per cent chance that one or more hidden chambers were concealed in the tomb.

The latest findings, which lend credence to British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves' theory that NEFERTITI could be buried in those secret chambers.

At a news conference in November, fittingly held at Howard Carter's Rest House on Luxor's West Bank, the Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Mamdouh El-Damaty, announced that the radar scans of Tutankhamun's Burial Chamber revealed there is A LARGE VOID behind what we now know is a false wall in Tutankhamun's Burial Chamber.


The radar scans revealed that the transition from solid bedrock to masonry is stark. There is a straight, vertical line - the line that Nicholas Reeves first spotted earlier this year on high-definition scans of the tomb wall.

It strongly suggests that the antechamber continues through the burial chamber as a corridor.

Reeves believes that what looks like a solid, painted wall, is actually a ruse designed to foil tomb robbers. 

A number of other tombs in the Valley of the Kings used the same device. Tutankhamun's seems to be the only one that worked.

Not only was Nefertiti famous for her beauty, which remains evident through her world-renowned 3,300-year-old painted limestone bust housed at the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, but she was also the Great Royal Wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his chief consort.

Nefertiti's burial site has long been a mystery as archaeologists have so far failed to find the queen’s tomb.

King Tutankhamun's tomb was found in 1922 under the supervision of another British archaeologist and Egyptologist, Howard Carter.

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