Theory Debunked: King Tut's Tomb Has No Hidden Chambers

The Colossal statue of King Ramses II being moved to the GEM in January 2018

The result of a third radar survey by an Italian mission from the Polytechnic University of Turin is likely to end a three-year debate over the presence of a hidden chamber for ancient Queen Nefertiti in the boy king's tomb as suggested by the British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves in 2015, the ministry said in a statement.

Nefertiti, thought to have been Tutankhamun's stepmother, died in the 14th century BC, and the discovery of her final resting place would be the most remarkable Egyptian archaeological find this century. It will undoubtedly disappoint many who had hoped that the burial chamber of the legendary Queen Nefertiti could be once more revealed to the world.

The stone sarcophagus containing the mummy of King Tut is seen in his underground tomb.

"It is concluded, with a very high degree of confidence", Porcelli said, "the hypothesis concerning the existence of hidden chambers or corridors adjacent to Tutankhamun's tomb is not supported by the GPR data".

Francesco Porcelli of the Polytechnic University of Turin presented the findings at an worldwide conference in Cairo.

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King Tutankhamun's tomb does not have any secret chambers.

Two previous attempts to scan the walls using ground penetrating radar (GPR) proved contradictory, so a third by a team of Italian scientists was commissioned. It had been speculated that this second undiscovered chamber was the tomb of the famous Queen Nefertiti.

They believe the painted plaster walls that cover the limestone may have conducted the radar in places, instead of absorbing it.

File photo - View of the Treasury chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb ahead of the opening of a major exhibition on the Ancient Egypt called "Tutankhamun, his Tomb and his Treasures" in Paris May 11, 2012. Similarly, the radargrams do not show any indication of plane reflectors, which could be interpreted as chamber walls or void areas behind the paintings of KV62 funerary chamber. Parts of the $795 million Grand Egyptian Museum - including exhibits focusing on Tutankhamun and his time - are due to open this year, with a grand opening planned in 2022.

The new museum is located just outside of Cairo and nearby the Giza Pyramids and much of Tut's luggage has been moved, but after an incident in 2015, which caused the beard of King Tut's golden mask to come undone and then quickly reattached with some kind of epoxy glue, it has been reported that tensions between archaeologists is high.

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