New scans show there are no hidden rooms in King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber in Luxor, Egypt.Radar scans have proven there are no hidden rooms inside King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber in Egypt bringing a disappointing end to years of excitement over the prospect.
An Italian team used a ground-penetrating radar to study the tomb and found no man-made blocking walls as had been earlier suspected, Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities says.
The findings have been presented at an international conference in Cairo by Francesco Porcelli of the Polytechnic University of Turin.
In 2015 British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves proposed, after analysis of high-definition laser scans, that queen Nefertiti’s tomb could be concealed behind wall paintings in the famed boy king’s burial chamber. The discovery ignited massive interest, with officials first rushing to support the theory but then later distancing themselves and ultimately rejecting it.
The ministry says two previous scans by Japanese and American scientists had proved inconclusive, but insists this latest ground-penetrating radar data closes the lid on the tomb having such hidden secrets.
“It is concluded, with a very high degree of confidence, said Dr Porcelli, the hypothesis concerning the existence of hidden chambers or corridors adjacent to Tutankhamun’s tomb is not supported by the GPR data,” it said in its statement.
The ministry has been gradually moving King Tut’s belongings to a new museum outside Cairo near the Giza Pyramids to undergo restoration before they are put on display. The transfer of the priceless belongings has become a particularly sensitive issue; In 2014 the beard attached to the ancient Egyptian monarch’s golden mask was accidentally knocked off and hastily reattached with an epoxy glue compound, sparking uproar among archaeologists.