Another King Tut Mystery Emerges

Posted: Nov 9 2015, 10:08am CST | by , Updated: Nov 9 2015, 9:11pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

Another King Tut Mystery Emerges
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There have been few people in history that are shrouded in as much controversy and mystery as King Tutankhamun - and now the mystery is getting even greater. Reports out of Egypt now say that inside of King Tut's tomb, two chambers were hidden. The working theory is that these hidden rooms may house another mysterious figure: Queen Nefertiti.

Late last week, the walls of the tomb in the Valley of the Kings were scanned using infrared thermography, and what they found was indeed curious.

“The preliminary analysis indicates the presence of an area different in its temperature than the other parts of the northern wall," Mamdouh el-Damaty, the Egyptian minister of antiquities, told National Geographic.

While they will require more time to confirm the results of the scans, the changes in temperature indicate that there could be open space behind the wall - enough space for another room. In fact, archaeologist Nicholas Reeves has long believed that there were two plastered-over doorways in the tomb.

Archaeologists have long said that the layout for Tut's tomb was not meant to be that of a king, but rather of a queen and that those hidden chamber may hold Nefertiti. It makes sense that Tut's tomb wouldn't be prepared, because he died unexpectedly and at a very young age.

There are some who believe that the mummy found in 1898 is actually Nefertiti, many others are not convinced.

If their beliefs are correct, it would mean that not only would we have Nefertiti, but we would also have royal treasuries that were buried with her 4,500 years ago - something you don't see often thanks to grave robbers.

Egyptian officials do believe there is a room hidden in the tomb, but don't necessarily think it houses Nefertiti:

"Maybe a room or a tomb... something there which will be a new addition to Egyptology, but I don't agree that much with [Reeves] that it is Nefertiti's tomb there," el-Damaty told Luxor Times last month.

It will take at least a week to confirm the results of the infrared scans. There will be other scans.

The high-resolution scans examined by Reeves are available here.

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