No Hidden Chambers in Tut Tomb: National Geographic

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January 10, 2016

King Tut’s tomb has no hidden chambers, National Geographic says, after its team’s radar scans found no evidence to back up a claim made in 2015.

Then, Nicholas Reeves, the director of the Amarna Royal Tombs Project, advanced on scans by archaeologist Hirokatsu Watanabe that he said showed two hidden chambers in the tomb of Tutankhamen, the famous “Boy King,” to suggest that one of those chambers contained the tomb of the long-lost Nefertiti, King Tut’s stepmother and the most well-known wife of the famed Akhenaten.

Archaeologists have long thought that Nefertiti was buried at Amarna, Akhenaten’s capital city, but no remains of the famous queen have been found.

No teams have gone into Tutankhamen’s tomb with shovels or bulldozers. Rather, scientists have used the latest in ground-penetrating radar technology to conduct intensive scans of the tomb. The initial announcement of the possibility of hidden chambers was met with equal parts excitement and skepticism. A National Geographic team conducted further scans and found no evidence of hidden chambers.

Eqypt’s antiquities ministry, which enthusiastically embraced the idea that hidden chambers could exist in the tomb, said it doubted the veracity of the latest scans and was planning subsequent scans of its own.

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