Tutankhamun's Burial Chamber: Hidden Room Mystery Solved

Leroy Wright
May 8, 2018

Researchers at Italy's Turin Polytechnic University have found no evidence of the existence of any hidden chambers behind the walls of ancient Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun's tomb, the Antiquities Ministry said on Sunday.

It said Porcelli had submitted a report that "concluded, with a very high degree of confidence. the hypothesis concerning the existence of hidden chambers or corridors adjacent to Tutankhamun's tomb is not supported by GPR data".

Artefacts to be shown in new museumThe stone sarcophagus containing the mummy of King Tut is seen in his underground tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

Tutankhamun, one of the last kings of Egypt's 18th dynasty, died at around the age of 19 under mysterious circumstances. Nefertiti was King Tut's mother and her burial location has yet to be found. The first two, carried out by British and Japanese researchers, suggested there was a possibility there was a concealed chamber, but their results were not totally conclusive and many researchers remained unconvinced.

King Tutankhamun's tomb does not have any secret chambers.

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"It is maybe a little bit disappointing that there is nothing behind the walls of Tutankhamun's tomb, but I think on the other hand that this is good science", said Dr Francesco Porcelli, head of the research team. The virtual autopsy indicated that the boy king suffered from a genetic bone wasting disease and a club foot, making him unable to walk unaided.

The search for the hidden tomb began when English archaeologist Nicholas Reeves, examining detailed scans of the chamber, discovered what looked like faint traces, or "ghosts", of doors beneath the plaster.

The ministry discussed this whole matter in the second International Tutankhamen's Conference in May 2016. Parts of the $795 million Grand Egyptian Museum - including exhibits focusing on Tutankhamun and his time - are due to open this year, with a grand opening planned in 2022.

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.

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