King Tutankhamen's tomb may hold secret of the lost queen
New research by some of the world's leading Egyptologists has uncovered the likely existence of a hidden chamber within King Tutankhamen's tomb, which may turn out to contain the remains of his stepmother, Queen Nefertiti.
According to Nicholas Reeves, a British Egyptologist, analysis of high-resolution images has led to the discovery of what appear to be straight lines in King Tut's tomb.
These lines, previously hidden by colour and the stones' texture, indicate the presence of a sealed chamber that could be that of Nefertiti.
It is thought that the tomb may originally have been intended for her alone and that Tutankhamen, who died at the age of 19, was hastily buried in an antechamber of her final resting place.
Hirokatsu Watanabe, a Japanese radar specialist who has analysed the tomb, said: "There is, in fact, an empty space behind the wall. Based on radar, which is very accurate, there is no doubt."
The discovery of Nefertiti would shed fresh light on what remains a mysterious period of Egyptian history.
New evidence from the radar imaging taken so far is to be sent to a team in Japan for analysis.
The results are expected to be announced in a month.