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There’s Something in There: New Scans Suggest Blockbuster Discovery at King Tut’s Tomb

The Curse of the Pharaohs suggests that there will be terrible implications whenever humanity dares to open a the mummy of an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh. The idea of the curse started in the 19th century when bad things seemed to happen when the tombs were discovered. The curse became infamous when Howard Carter opened King Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1923. The series of very unfortunate events that followed haven’t stopped scientists from searching for new discoveries in Egyptian tombs. In fact, it may have even spurred more exploration.

The excavation of King Tut’s tomb is still ongoing, and according to the results of new scans, may be about to reveal their most dramatic secrets yet. According to a press conference held in March, there appears to be a hidden chamber inside the tomb. That much was clear late last year, but scientists now have the results of more analysis, which point to not only another room, but a room that contains metals and other heavy objects. In other words,

“There’s something in there,” said Remy Hiramoto, one of the independent specialists brought in to verify the results. Although researchers refused to speculate on what is in the hidden room, early signs certainly point to things like metals and jewels, and potentially humans buried inside.

King Tut’s tomb is more than 3,340 years old, but interest in the tomb was rekindled by Nicholas Reeves, a British archaeologist who speculated about an additional chamber or room hidden behind the walls. Egyptologists were skeptical of his claims, which were based on physical evidence found at the excavation site, such as markings indicating that doors and passageways had been open and then sealed off at a later date. Reeves is not as reticent as other archaeologists about what may be inside the tomb. He believes they possibly hold the remains of Queen Nefertiti, who was married to Akhenaten, Tut’s father.

Egyptologists disagree about whether Nefertiti’s body has been discovered. DNA tests suggest, without being conclusive, that a mummy discovered in another tomb is actually Nefertiti. The mummy is on display at the Egyptian Museum.

Reeves’ bold prediction is backed up by Egypt’s antiquities minister, Mamdouh Eldamaty, who commented that the find “could be the discovery of the century.” Obviously Eldamaty has good reason to promote the discovery. The country’s tourism industry is floundering and renewed interest in Tut could be good for business.

Experts from National Geographic will perform their own tests later this year, in part to figure out the thickness of the walls. King Tut’s tomb was the most intact tomb ever discovered, but it was also the smallest, which led researchers to theorize that there must be more things waiting to be discovered.

4 Comments

  1. Cool says:

    I love stories like this.

  2. freda says:

    Still more discoveries from Tut’s tomb? I guess that’s why explorers get obsessed.

  3. no says:

    They should do a big reveal like they did when Geraldo looked into Al Capone’s secret rooms. That wound up being empty but still.

  4. Yolanda Rob says:

    Wonder if they will be able to excavate

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