The tomb of King Tutankhamen has always been shrouded in an air of mystery involving secret burials, strange diseases, mummies, and more.
But now there is a different type of mystery altogether. Radar scans conducted by a National Geographic team proved over the past days that there are definitely no hidden chambers in King Tut’s tomb.
Discoveries made by Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, director of the Amarna Royal Tombs Project, and radar technologist Hirokatsu Watanabe last year received much attention as they suggested the exciting prospect of secret chambers adjacent to King Tut’s own tomb.
The theory was put forward that there were two hidden chambers containing metal and organic artefacts that were presumed to belong to Nefertiti, King Tut’s stepmother.
But the scans carried out by the National Geographic team leave no doubt – there are no secret tombs.
In spite of this discovery, the team was prevented from reporting its findings through an agreement with the Egyptian Ministry for Antiquities. The team was furthermore not allowed present its findings at a conference about ancient Egypt last weekend. Reeves and Watanabe on the other hand were allowed present their whole research.
The episode has prompted speculation, and seems to throw the ever fascinating legends of King Tut and the pyramids back into veils of mystery.