One of the most famous legends about the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun is that his tomb actually contains secret chambers – chambers that may contain wonders, secrets, and treasures that the tomb and his court did not want anyone to access. Or is there? Researchers suggest otherwise.
The push to find answers was courtesy of Nicholas Reeves, a British Egyptologist, when he suggested that perhaps a secret tomb for Queen Nefertiti was hidden behind the west and north wall paintings of the Boy King’s burial chamber. This was first announced in 2015 when Reeves said perhaps Nefertiti’s tomb may actually be in fact in the chamber.
Interestingly, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, tests courtesy of Polytechnic University in Turin conducted in the previous months have provided evidence that there are in fact “non-existent” hidden chambers that are inside and adjacent to Tutankhamun’s tomb. The conclusion that the chambers are in fact not real was made after ground-penetrating radar and other forms of assessment.
Supreme Council of Antiquities secretary-general Mostafa Waziri made the announcement, where he added the results do contradict the previous theory that there may be chambers or adjacent near the burial chamber. Interestingly, some officials previously announced they were “90-percent sure” that there may be a hidden room behind Tutankhamun’s tomb, which is theorized to be as old as 3,000 years.
Tutankhamun And Nefertiti
Tutankhamun’s fabled tomb was discovered in 1922, where the young king’s remains were found. Tests that were conducted on the body of Tutankhamun indicated that he may have died of malaria, courtesy of an infection that may have come from a broken leg.
The discovery of Tutankhamun’s – popularly known as King Tut – tomb has sparked a “revival” of interest towards Ancient Egypt and the wonders of the culture of the ancient society. Artifacts and relics retrieved from the tomb have actually explored the world after their retrieval, and are now under the care of various museums.
Meanwhile, Queen Nefertiti was Tutankhamun’s mother, who birthed the Boy King after marrying King Akhenaten. The queen’s remains were interestingly never found, which have led to the theory that her tomb may have been in the Boy King’s tomb in the first place.
The mystery of hidden chambers are apparent in a lot of famous pyramids, especially since their construction remains a marvel of architecture and engineering that is not known to have existed at the time. Egyptians themselves were known to have formed a complex language called cuneiform, and along with that a complex culture of medicine, science, and religion that have helped them prosper, especially through the aid of the Nile River that was adequate for irrigation.
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