Recent discoveries reveal King Tut's tomb may have two hidden chambers.
Egypt’s antiquities minister, Mamdouh Eldamaty, says King Tut’s tomb may contain two hidden chambers behind the tomb’s famous painted walls. Further inspection on Monday revealed scratches and other markings on the 3,300-year-old tomb.
“This indicates that the western and northern walls of Tutankhamun’s tomb could hide two burial chambers,” Eldamaty said, after visiting the tomb with archeologist Nicholas Reeves of the University of Arizona.
“What my Egyptian colleagues discovered is that there is a distinct difference in the surface of the surrounding wall and the central part that would be covering the door,” Reeves told National Geographic. “The surrounding wall is a softer plastering. At the point where I suspect there’s a doorway, it’s quite gritty.”
Reeves believes the secret chambers could be the long-lost final resting place of Queen Nefertiti. Archeologists have never uncovered the mummy of the legendary Egyptian queen who played a major political and religious role in the 14th century BC, but Reeves imagines this is all about to change.
Although Eldamaty believes there is enough evidence of two hidden chambers, he doesn’t think Queen Nefertiti is in either of the rooms, but added that whatever is hiding will be “an important discovery.”