On April 2, a new series of radar scans will be performed on King Tutankhamun’s tomb to search for hidden chambers that may contain an undiscovered royal burial, Egypt’s antiquities ministry has announced. The announcement comes after stories were published in numerous media outlets last week claiming that Egypt’s tourism minister, Hisham Zazou, had told the Spanish news outlet ABC that the chambers had been proven to exist and contain numerous treasures.
“The Ministry of Antiquities has not issued any statement concerning the results that have been reached so far,” the ministry said in a statement released to Live Science. “Further radar examinations will be performed on April 2, and a press conference will be held afterwards to announce the results of the scan”.
Last year, University of Arizona Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves published findings suggesting that there are hidden chambers behind a wall in Tutankhamun’s tomb. These chambers, he believes, hold the burial of Queen Nefertiti, the wife of Akhenaten, a pharaoh who was Tutankhamun’s father.
“We could be faced, for the first time in recent history, with the intact burial of an Egyptian pharaoh in the Valley of the Kings,” Reeves told Live Science last year.
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Scans performed by Factum Arte, a company commissioned to scan Tutankhamun’s tomb, show unusual lines and abnormalities in the plaster of the tomb, Reeves said, adding that these features indicate that a wall was built over a doorway in ancient times.
Some of the artifacts in Tutankhamun’s tomb were originally made for Nefertiti but were buried with Tutankhamun after the boy king’s death, Reeves found.
Radar scans performed on the tomb last year suggest that a void could exist behind the wall. Egypt’s former antiquities minister, Zahi Hawass, urged that the claims be viewed cautiously. He noted that the geology of the Valley of the Kings can lead radar to produce false positives showing a tomb when, in fact, there is only a natural feature.