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Monday, February 5, 2018
News, Luxor: Radar Scan Underway to Search for Hidden Chambers in Tutankhamun’s Tomb
The northern and western walls of king Tutankhamun's tomb
Thursday, experts from Italy and Egypt began a "decisive" search at
the tomb of King Tutankhamun on Luxor’s west bank to reveal if there are any
chambers hidden behind its northern and western walls. Written By/ Nevine
search involves utilising ground-penetrating radars to detect the presence of
empty spaces or corridors hidden behind the walls of the boy king’s burial
2015, British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves published a theory suggesting that
the northern and western walls of Tutankhamun's tomb house hidden doorways that
could lead to the final resting place of Queen Nefertiti, the wife and
co-regent of the monotheistic King Akhenaten and the golden king’s step mother. Reeves’
theory was based on his examination of 3D photos of both walks.
minister of antiquities Mamdouh El-Damati was enthusiastic about the theory and
asked reeves to travel to Luxor to prove his hypothesis. Two
radar surveys and an infra red examination have since been conducted, but have
given inconclusive results. A
Japanese radar survey suggested the existence of void spaces, while a survey by
an American team asserted that there is nothing behind the walls.
Carter examining Tutankhamun's coffin
the infrared researchers asked to re-examine the walls as the environment
inside the tomb was not conducive to accurate results. To
put an end to such conflicting results, Mohamed Ismail, supervisor-general of
the Permanent Committee at the Ministry of Antiquities, told Ahram Online that
a third radar survey has begun inside and outside Tutankhamun’s tomb.
survey took place after approval was given by from security authorities, the
Permanent Committee and the board of directors of the Supreme Council of
“This step was taken according to
recommendations suggested at a press conference held last year at the Grand
Egyptian Museum to discuss the results of all the scans; the step is a
reflection of the Ministry of Antiquities' keenness on ensuring scientific
credibility,” Ismail said.
explains that researchers from the Italian University of Turin led by
Egyptologist Franco Porcelli are now conducting state-of-the-art, non-invasive
"decisive geo-radar measurements" inside the tomb for six days.
Tutankhamen's tomb, discovered in 1922, was a
unique find among the pharaonic tombs in Luxor's Valley of the Kings due to the
wealth of its contents. Unlike most of the other tombs, it had not been
plundered in ancient times.