Senior officials of the Department of Antiquities of Egypt are nearly one hundred percent convinced that there is a secret chamber in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen and it could host the final resting place of Queen Nefertiti, in what would be the “greatest discovery in Egyptology of this century”.
This statement was announced at a press conference yesterday in Luxor, after three days of intensive scanning operations in the tomb of the boy-king.
British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, promoter of the initiative, believes in fact that the remains of Pharaoh, the boy-Pharaoh of Egypt who ruled from 1336-1327 BC, were placed in its current resting place and Nefertiti (his stepmother) was given a tomb in a secret chamber that has been hiding all along in plain sight. The King Tut, as he is popularly known, died around 1323 BC and his tomb remained nearly intact, until it was discovered in 1922 by British Egyptologist Howard Carter.
Nefertiti is one of the most legendary figures of ancient Egypt. She was Ancient Egypt’s Queen thanks to her marriage to Pharaoh Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) on which she exerted great influence contributing to political, religious, economic and a cultural revolution that broke out in the distant past once the Pharaoh replaced the traditional Egyptian polytheism with monotheistic worship of the Sun god Aten. He was a Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt who ruled for 17 years, and was the father of Tutankhamun. It is believed that Queen Nefertiti was the original owner of the tomb which would explain why Pharaoh Tutankhamun was buried in a small chamber that does not correspond to his status in Ancient Egypt.
Reeves postulates that the Pharaoh Tutankhamun was buried at the tomb of Nefertiti later, which would explain why archaeologists have not been able to find the resting place of one of the most prominent Queens in Ancient Egypt.
According to statements by Reeves and the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Mahmoud to Damaty, the odds of finding Nefertiti have increased significantly.
‘We said earlier there was a 60 percent chance there is something behind the walls. But now after the initial reading of the scans, we are saying now its 90 percent likely there is something behind the walls,’ said Damaty
Japanese radar specialist Hirokatsu Watanabe said: ‘There is, in fact, an empty space behind the wall based on radar, which is very accurate, there is no doubt.’
Researches expect that within three months they will finally reach whatever is located on the other side of the walls in what is expected to be the greatest discovery of Ancient Egypt in the history of mankind.
At this point, experts are planning the best approach, warning that the smallest of incisions could cause great damage to the hidden chamber that has been hermetically sealed so long.
Reeves said: ‘The key is to excavate slowly and carefully and record well. The fact is this isn’t a race. All archaeology is disruption. We can’t go back and re-do it, so we have to do it well in the first place.’