After a three-day search, Egypt says they are at least 90 percent certain that they will find hidden chambers in King Tutankhamun‘s tomb (pictured), reports the Guardian.
In August, Face2Face Africa reported on the University of Arizona‘s Nicholas Reeves, an archaeologist, saying that a recent scan of King Tut’s tomb by preservation specialists Fatum Arte appeared to reveal previously hidden doorways.
At the time, Dr. Reeves told the BBC, “I have been testing the evidence ever since, looking for indications that what I thought I was seeing was, in fact, not there.
“But the more I looked, the more information I found that I seemed to be looking at something pretty real.”
Dr. Reeves contends that the secret doorways may lead to the hidden remains of Queen Nefertiti (pictured), adding, “If I’m wrong, I’m wrong, but if I’m right, the prospects are frankly staggering. The world will have become a much more interesting place – at least for Egyptologists.”
Now, after reportedly three days of testing last week in Luxor, Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damati says that the preliminary findings will be sent to Japan for a month of testing.
If new chambers are indeed found, then the facts may jibe with Dr. Reeves’ theory that King Tut’s sudden death forced those who were burying him to lay him to rest within the outer chambers of Queen Nefertiti’s tomb.
Dr. Reeves believes this theory is possible given the recent discovery of “lines” in King Tut’s tomb.
Reeves reached his theory after high-resolution images discovered what he said were straight lines in King Tut’s tomb.
These lines, previously hidden by colour and the stones’ texture, indicate the presence of a sealed chamber, he said.
The images were later broadcast live on national television last September.
Thousands of years later, Queen Nefertiti continues to be a striking figure in life…and in death.
Queen Nefertiti, the Great Royal Wife of Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, is said to have started a religious revolution with her husband in the worshiping of only one god, Aten, the sun disc.
Clearly beloved while she lived and one of the most-famous queens in human history, Queen Nefertiti carried a slew of titles, including Hereditary Princess, Great of Praises, Lady of All Women, Main King’s Wife, His Beloved, and Sweet of Love.
Nefertiti may have been more than a queen, though. Even during her husband’s reign, it is believed that she was raised to the status of co-regent, which was equal to the status of pharaoh. Others believe that Nefertiti may have eventually become a ruler named Neferneferuaten.
And even though her legacy remains rich even to this day, Queen Nefertiti appears, at some point, to vanish from history: her death is obscured and her tomb — as well as the tombs of her parents and children — have never been found or identified.
Researchers are hoping that the allegedly hidden chambers will finally solve one of history’s most-puzzling mysteries.