Sunday, May 6, 2018


A third round of ground penetrating radar (GPR) scanning shows conclusively that there are NO hidden chambers in the tomb of King Tutankhamun, Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities announced today.

A team from the Polytechnic University of Turin scanned the tomb and its surroundings with advanced radar technology. The search sought to determine if Queen Nefertiti might have been buried in the tomb.

Francesco Porcelli of the Polytechnic University of Turin announced details of the ground penetrating radar (GPR) studies during a speech to the ongoing Fourth Tutankhamun International Conference.

Porcelli asserted that the main findings are as follows: no marked discontinuities due to the passage from natural rock to man-made blocking walls are evidenced by the GPR radargrams, nor there is any evidence of the jambs or the lintel of a doorway.

Similarly, the radargrams do not show any indication of plane reflectors, which could be interpreted as chamber walls or void areas behind the paintings of the funerary chamber.

"It is concluded, with a very high degree of confidence, that the hypothesis concerning the existence of hidden chambers or corridors adjacent to Tutankhamun's tomb is not supported by the GPR data," Porcelli said in the report.

This was the third GPR survey to be conducted inside the tomb in recent years. 

It was designed to stop the controversy aroused after the contradictory results of two previous radar surveys to inspect the accuracy of a theory launched in 2015 by British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, who suggested that NEFERTITI could be buried in secret chambers behind the north and west wall paintings of Tutankhamun's burial chamber.

The theory was supported by former the Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Mamdouh El-Damaty, who ordered a second series of radar scans of Tutankhamun's Burial Chamber which he said revealed there is A LARGE VOID behind what we now know is a false wall in Tutankhamun's Burial Chamber.

The second radar survey was carried out with another high-tech GPR device by an American scientific team from National Geographic, who rejected the previous Japanese results and asserted that nothing existed behind the west and north wall of Tutankhamun's burial chamber.

The investigation of King Tut's tomb is part of a wider long-term project to conduct a complete geophysical mapping of the Valley of the Kings, the main burial site of Egypt's pharaohs, which is also being led by the group from the Polytechnic University of Turin.

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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