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Published 18/03/2016

Radar analysis and thermal imaging is to be used to test a theory that Queen Nefertitis crypt may be hidden in King Tutankhamuns tomb. The theory, presented by British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, speculates that the walls of King Tuts tomb could conceal two unexplored doorways, one of which perhaps leads to Nefertitis tomb. Radar equipment could be at the site as early as November.
Radar analysis and thermal imaging is to be used to test a theory that Queen Nefertitis crypt may be hidden in King Tutankhamuns tomb. The theory, presented by British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, speculates that the walls of King Tuts tomb could conceal two unexplored doorways, one of which perhaps leads to Nefertitis tomb. Radar equipment could be at the site as early as November.

Scans of Tutankhamun's tomb have revealed two hidden rooms which could contain metal or organic material, E gyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty has said.

In a news conference in Cairo on Thursday, he said Japanese analysis of the scans showed chambers which will be scanned again at the end of the month.

The discovery could shine new light on one of ancient Egypt's most turbulent times, and one prominent researcher has theorised that the remains of Queen Nefertiti might be inside.

Mr El-Damaty said he thinks the new chambers could contain the tomb of a member of Tutankhamun's family, but would not speculate on Nefertiti - who was one of the wives of Tutankhamun's father, the Pharoah Akhenaten, but is not believed to be his mother.

The solid gold death mask of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun at the British Museum
The solid gold death mask of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun at the British Museum

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