No secret chambers behind ancient Egypt’s young king Tutankhamen- research

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CAIRO, May 6 (Reuters) – Researchers at Italy’s Turin
Polytechnic University have found no evidence of the existence
of any hidden chambers behind the walls in the tomb of ancient
Egypt’s boy-king, Tutankhamen, the Antiquities Ministry said on
Sunday.

Experts have been divided over the existence of a concealed
chamber behind the tomb, which some believe could be the final
resting place of the lost Queen, Nefertiti.

International interest in Nefertiti is high. She died in the
14th century B.C. and is thought to be Tutankhamen’s stepmother,
and any confirmation of her final resting place would be the
most remarkable Egyptian archaeological find this century.

Discovery of Nefertiti, whose chiselled cheekbones and regal
beauty were immortalized in a 3,300-year-old bust now in a
Berlin museum, would shed fresh light on what remains a
mysterious period of Egyptian history.

The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry said in a statement that
months of studies by Italy’s Polytechnic University in Turin has
shown that no such chamber exists.

“The studies … have shown that no chambers exist, or even
an indication of any threshold or door frames, which contradicts
the previous theory that had assumed the existence of passages
or chambers adjacent or inside the burial chamber of King
Tutankhamen,” the statement quoted Mostafa Waziri,
secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, as
saying.

In 2015, the antiquities minister said that there was a “90
percent” chance that something was behind the walls of
Tutankhamen’s tomb after an initial reading of radar imaging
suggested such a chamber existed.

(Reporting by Sameh El Khatib, writing by Sami Aboudi, editing
by Larry King)