Two hidden doorways were recently discovered by archaeologists in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Supposedly one of the doors leads to the burial chamber of Queen Nefertiti, the Great Royal Wife of Akhenaten (Tutankhamun’s father), but many are sceptical since archaeologist believed that they had found the queen’s mummified body three times before.
Mamdouh Eldamaty, antiquities minister in Egypt, stated Monday that two hidden doorways have been found in the tomb of the 3,000-year-old Pharaoh, and that behind one of them may be the chamber in which the body of Queen Nefertiti herself lays.
“To be honest, I feel numb. This has been part of my life now on a daily basis for more than a year,” stated Nicholas Reeves, an archaeologist at the University of Arizona.
When King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber – which is located in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt – was scanned using high resolution equipment, the archaeologists were able to see the two doorways that had been concealed. The Valley of the Kings is a place where powerful Egyptians and Pharaohs used to be buried between 16th to 11th centuries B.C.
Dr. Reeves was the one who suggested the theory that behind one of the doors lies the burial chamber of Queen Nefertiti, allegedly Tutankhamun’s mother, and that behind the other door the is a storage chamber.
In the past 12 years Queen Nefertiti has supposedly been found three times, which is why Reeves’s theory is so controversial. Queen Nefertiti died in 1331 B.C. and she was found by archaeologists in 1898 amongst a group of mummies. DNA tests suggest that it is indeed Nefertiti. The mummy now lies at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
The tomb of King Tutankhamun, who is also referred to as King Tut, was discovered in 1992 by Howard Carter, an English archaeologist. Tutankhamun became famous because of his mysterious death at the age of 19, only ten years after he became Pharaoh.
King Tutankhamun’s tomb also has a smaller frame which might mean that it was in fact intended for a woman (possibly Nefertiti) and not for a man. However, because Tutankhamun died suddenly and there was no other tomb ready, he had to be placed in the remaining chamber near Nefertiti.
According to Dr. Reeves, even the murals on the walls which illustrate Tutankhamun, were at first depictions of a woman (Nefertiti) and were modified later on in order to look like King Tut.
Archaeologists will use thermal imaging and radar equipment in order to further investigate the two hidden doorways.
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