One of the more fascinating stories that we’ve been following over the past year was the possibility of hidden chambers inside King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. The story first broke when an archeologist by the name of Nicholas Reeves proposed the theory that such hidden rooms might exist after making laser scans of Tut’s burial chambers. He then postulated that those hidden areas could belong to the lost queen of Nefertiti, who was Tut’s step mother and may have ruled Egypt before him.
Fuel was added to the fire last fall when it was announced that ground penetrating radar has been used at the ancient site, and those scans had revealed that there indeed blank spaces hidden behind Tut’s walls. This seemed to show that Reeve’s theories were proving accurate, and that archaeologists were on the verge of making a major discovery.
But now it has been revealed that those scans may not have been accurate at all, and that there really isn’t anything hidden in Tut’s tomb as first thought. A second scan of the tomb, funded by National Geographic earlier this year, reportedly found no evidence of hidden chambers. Furthermore, there are Egyptologists who are claiming that the Egyptian government is suppressing the news as long as they can in order to maintain the illusion that a discovery may be imminent for as long as possible. The idea of finding Nefertiti’s remains was seen as a major find, and could potentially be a boost to the country’s flagging tourism sector.
Apparently, Nat Geo’s second scanning operation is wrapped up in non-disclosure agreement, which means no one can officially confirm the story at this time. We’ll have to wait for the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities to make a statement before we know for sure, but those close to the story say that Egyptian officials are in a bit of a panic over the lack of a new discovery and are looking for alternate opinions and evidence before proceeding.
This story made headlines just a few months ago, but now seems to be completely without merit. That’s a bit depressing considering how much hype surrounded the potential discovery. Hopefully we’ll get the real story soon so we can either move ahead with learning more about what’s in Tut’s tomb, or put in behind us altogether.
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