Monday 26 September 2016

Scans of Tutankhamun's tomb show hidden rooms

Published 17/03/2016 | 09:51

The solid gold death mask of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun at the British Museum
The solid gold death mask of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun at the British Museum

Scans of Tutankhamun's tomb have revealed two hidden rooms which could contain metal or organic material, E gyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty has said.

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In a news conference in Cairo on Thursday, he said Japanese analysis of the scans showed chambers which will be scanned again at the end of the month.

The discovery could shine new light on one of ancient Egypt's most turbulent times, and one prominent researcher has theorised that the remains of Queen Nefertiti might be inside.

Mr El-Damaty said he thinks the new chambers could contain the tomb of a member of Tutankhamun's family, but would not speculate on Nefertiti - who was one of the wives of Tutankhamun's father, the Pharoah Akhenaten, but is not believed to be his mother.

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