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Secret Chamber behind Tutankhamun’s Tomb

Anything is behind the ornate walls of the burial chamber of the child King Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, near the city of Luxor. Radar analyses indicate. And this something seems to be not entirely empty. Researchers want to have discovered organic and metallic material behind the walls. Possibly, the world faces a “discovery of the century”.

As archaeological sensations announce themselves: “We have two additional spaces behind the Tomb,” said yesterday at a press conference in Cairo the Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh does not speak of any burial chamber. It is the burial chamber of the child King Tutankhamen in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings near the Luxor city.

On demand Minister said there have “90 percent chance” that the two chambers exist. There are radar analysis made by Japanese experts Hirokatsu Watanabe, indicating the existence of the two rooms. Last November, Watanabe studied for two days the North wall of the burial chamber with high-performance radars and infrared thermal cameras.

Traced organic and metallic material behind the walls

Result surprised everyone: These cavities behind the walls of the tomb of Tutankhamun’s are not empty. They include el-Damatis organic and metallic material according to. Asked whether it could be the organic material to a mummy, blocked from the Minister with the words: “I can not say that.” The recordings of radar analyses are not entirely clear, further measurements are therefore required to provide assurance.

“Discovery of the century”

Despite the residual uncertainty, yesterday spokesman from Cair call possible “discovery of the century”. That would be the discovery of Nefertiti, the wife of Akhenaten, and Tutankhamun’s father.

Valley of the Kings at Luxor, Egypt
The Valley of the Kings at Luxor in Egypt: The remains of Nefertiti were found here yet in spite of all excavations. Currently, it is speculated whether she may be behind the Tutankhamun’s burial chamber. It would be a century Fund. Photo: Bernd Walker

The Briton of Nicholas Reeves, Egyptologist at the University of Arizona said the first suspect on a more grave Chamber behind Tutankhamun’s Tomb last summer. The Director of the Amarna Royal Tombs Project meticulously investigated the world-famous burial chamber with the help of high-resolution photos.

Lines indicate a woman’s grave

There he encountered on the North and on the west wall of the Chamber of finest line structures. And these structures are located exactly in those places where according to the known plans for graves more Chambers would have to reside in the Valley of the Kings. However, and this made the line finds exciting: the location of the lines indicate that a grave for a woman.

Reeves was also the driving force behind the radar analysis

Now the driving force behind the radar analysis of the walls of the child King Tutankhamen’s tomb was the renowned Egyptologist. According to his theory, the 19 year old Tutankhamen died unexpectedly in the year 1324 BC after only nine years on the thrones. An own burial place for such a young Pharaoh therefore still did not exist.

Possibly, therefore the priests responsible for the funeral have opened just Nofretete Tomb ten years after her death to bury there Tutankhamun. Finally, so Reeves, Nefertiti Tutankhamun’s stepmother and his direct predecessor as Pharaoh.

New radar measurements are published on April 1.

Still, this is all pure theory. The fact is: the remains of Queen Nefertiti, renowned for their beauty despite all excavations in the Valley of the Kings were never found. Now, the search for the Egyptian beauty is may soon be over. El-Eldamati announced further investigation in the burial chamber with an enhanced radar yesterday for the 31 March. The results of this measurement are announced in Luxor a day later. Counting on this is the 1st of April.