Radar Scan Reveals No Trace of Hidden Chambers in Tutankhamun's Tomb


An interior view of the King Tutankhamun burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt, 28 November 2015.

The most exciting hypothesis was that it could be the missing remains of one of the most famous queens of ancient Egypt - Tutankhamun's stepmother, Nefertiti. The secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, has announced that after extensive research, there are no hidden walls as had been suspected, reports NBC News. Tutankhamun became Pharaoh several years after the death of his father and a succession of short lived rulers, whose religious innovations had badly divided the kingdom.

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 gold laden tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered by Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings in 1922.

The results of a Ground Penetrating radar, GPR, conducted by a Japanese and American scientific mission in 2015 and 2016, and supported by British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves's theory in 2015, which states that there was a chamber which belonged to Queen Nefertiti behind Tut's tomb led to a huge controversy among Egyptologists in Egypt and the world.

Tutankhamun, one of the last kings of Egypt's 18th dynasty, died at around the age of 19 under mysterious circumstances.

Following these big claims, three separate archaeological teams have beamed radar surveys at the tomb in the hopes of uncovering the truth. This seemed to provide support to the theory of Reeves that there was a secret chamber and was presumably undiscovered.

The second team found no evidence of hidden chambers.

It's official: There are no hidden chambers or passages behind the walls of Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb.

Francesco Porcelli of the Polytechnic University of Turin presented the findings at an worldwide conference in Cairo. The technology that was used by the team simply did not find any data that would indicate the existence of a chamber. Nefertiti was King Tut's mother and her burial location has yet to be found.