Tuesday 21 November 2017

King Tutankhamun's tomb may hide remains of famed Queen Nefertiti

The golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun in his burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings
The golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun in his burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings

Brian Rohan in Cairo

NEW scans of King Tut's burial chamber have revealed two hidden rooms - leading to speculation the chambers contain the remains of the famed Queen Nefertiti.

Egypt's antiquities minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said the secret chambers might contain metal or organic material.

Analysis of the scans made by a Japanese team showed chambers that would be scanned again at the end of the month to get a better idea of what may lay inside, he said.

"It means a rediscovery of Tutankhamun . . . for Egypt it is a very big discovery, it could be the discovery of the century," Mr el-Damaty said. "It is very important for Egyptian history and for all of the world."

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

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves speculates that Tutankhamun, who died at the age of 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti's tomb, which archaeologists have yet to find.

Famed for her beauty, Nefertiti was the subject of a famous 3,300-year-old bust. Nefertiti was one of the wives of Tutankhamun's father, the Pharaoh Akhenaten.

El-Damaty said it was too early to tell what the metal and organic material could be, saying only that he thinks the new chambers could contain the tomb of a member of Tutankhamun's family. The tomb lies in Luxor, in southern Egypt.

Irish Independent

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