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Archaeologists Await Preliminary Results from Scans of Tutankhamun's Tomb
   2016-04-02 08:40:05    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xie Cheng

Photo taken on April 1, 2016 shows the interior view of the King Tutankhamun's burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt.Egyptian and foreign archaeologists completed Friday a more extensive scanning operation of the two recently discovered hidden chambers behind King Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Upper Egypt's Luxor City. The chambers are believed to be last resting place of Queen Nefertiti, who played a major political and religious role in Egypt in the 14th century B.C. [Photo: Xinhua]

Archaeologists in Egypt are awaiting the preliminary results from scans of Tutankhamun's tomb, which might reveal 2 hidden rooms behind the boy king's burial chamber.

Khaled El Enany, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, said an Egyptian-American team relying on radar scans has been examining the northern and western walls of the tomb.

"The Egyptian-American team worked for 11 hours with the GPR radar. They were supposed to give some preliminary results but they preferred to study it carefully and they will deliver us the results within a few days or one week maximum but this will not be the final results. It is one of many steps. The next step will be another vertical radar which will take place by the end of April during the second half."

Earlier last October, high-resolution scans suggested the ancient tomb contained passages to 2 hidden chambers.

It included what British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves believed to be the last resting place of Queen Nerfertiti, thought by experts to have been the boy king's stepmother.

Revees expressed his optimism that something remarkable lies behind the walls.

"I think there is still the possibility to find something that's very remarkable here and I think if we do find something that is remarkable then the ingenuity and of science and the Egyptian government will find a way of revealing this but we are not there yet. We're still testing that hypothesis."

If those suggestions are proven, the discovery would be the most significant this century and shed light on what remains a mysterious period of Egyptian history.   

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