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Monday, May 9, 2016
News: Archaeologists Clash in Egypt Over King Tut Tomb "Secret Chambers" Theory
disagreed on whether ongoing radar scans would reveal the existence of a hidden
burial chamber within King Tutankhamun’s tomb. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
The debaters on the stage
disagreed during the last session of a three-day conference held in Egypt, to
discuss Tutankhamun and his treasured funerary collection, on whether the
king’s tomb contains a hidden chamber holding the final resting place of Queen
final session involved a scientific discussion forum on the latest results of
recent radar scan surveys carried out on the boy-king’s tomb in Luxor in an
attempt to uncover any existing hidden chambers by using non-invasive methods.
radar surveys aim to test a theory put forward last August by British
Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, who claimed that the tomb hid the burial place of
minister of antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty supported the theory and the survey mission,
saying that more radar scans from the top of the tomb should be carried out in
order to reach the accurate results.
former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass rejected the theory, asserting that
nothing lay beyond the burial chamber in the boy-king’s tomb.
also raised doubts over whether radar scans can be used to make archaeological
discoveries. “In my entire career, I have never come across any discovery in
Egypt made by radar scans,” he said.
suggests that in order to test the accuracy of the radar, scans should be
carried out on tombs that are already known to contain hidden chambers, such as
King Ramses II’s tomb, which has 10 sealed chambers.
defended his theory by stating that preliminary results of several scans
suggest that two void spaces exist behind the north and west walls of the
tomb’s burial chamber and show signs of metal matter. "I was looking for
the evidence that would tell me that my initial reading was wrong," he
said. "But I didn't find any evidence to suggest that. I just found more
and more indicators that there is something extra going on in Tutankhamun's tomb."
of the scholars and Egyptologists who attended the conference rejected Reeves’
theory, saying it has no basis in reality.
of the Egyptian Museum and Papyri in Berlin Friederike Seyfried, who does not
believe that Tutankhamun’s burial chamber conceals any hidden chambers, told
Ahram Online that the results of the radar survey do not prove the existence of
a hidden tomb.
sudden death of the boy-king led the tomb’s builders to finish the tomb quickly
and close it up, which is why a cavity was found.”
Bird’s eye view of Tutankhamun’s tomb
describes Reeves’ claim that the tomb of Nefertiti lies behind the northern
wall of the burial chamber as a mere hypothesis.
rejected Reeves’ claim that a scene depicted on a wall within the tomb shows
Tutankhamun performing the “opening of the mouth” ritual for Nefertiti, saying
that an inscription shows that it is in fact King Iy who is performing the
ritual for Tutankhamun.
believe that the ancient Egyptian artist would never make a depiction of the
pharaoh without a direct inscription beside [the image],” Seyfried said.
minister Khaled El-Enany asserted that the conference shows that science is a
priority and “we are not against any scientific project,” adding that the
scientific endeavour would ultimately reveal the truth.
scans of the tomb will continue in line with the scholars' recommendations, but
no physical exploration will be allowed unless there is 100 percent certainty
that there is a cavity behind the wall,” El-Enany concludes.