Tuesday, November 24, 2015

News, Luxor: Search for Nefertiti in Tutankhamun's Tomb to Start Thursday

The three-day operation will involve the use of non-invasive radar to search behind the walls of Tutankhamun's burial chamber. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
Reeves and Eldamaty inspecting Tutankhamun's burial chamber last September
Exploration work will start Thursday to test a theory that Egyptian Queen Nefertiti is buried behind a wall in the tomb of King Tutankhamun in Luxor's Valley of the Kings, according to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities.

The theory was developed by Arizona University Egyptology Professor Nicholas Reeves, who is currently working with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities to use non-invasive Japanese radar to search for the queen's remains.

Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that the work is to be carried out over three days, and will involve the use of radar signals and infrared thermography to probe the north and west walls of the boy-king's burial chamber.

Reeves conducted initial field inspections of the tomb in September, which he said revealed that the burial chamber ceiling extends beyond the northern and western walls, which suggests the presence of hidden chambers.

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