New scans taken of Tutankhamun tomb

Scientists have been conducting fresh investigations of two possible undiscovered chambers in Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Tutankhamun died mysteriously in 1323 BC when he was only 18 years old. Of all the King Tut facts, his sudden burial has always puzzled experts. But now new scientific evidence may have unearthed a HUGE secret about the Boy King’s final resting place.

Archaeologists announced in 2015 they may have found evidence pointing to two hidden chambers bordering the young king’s tomb, after infrared thermography (which creates a special type of image showing heat), found differences in temperature on the northern wall. And now scientists have been busy investigating the theory.

A team of specialists sponsored by the National Geographic Society took 40 new radar scans of King Tut’s walls at five different heights, after the Valley of the Kings was closed to the public overnight.

New scans taken of Tutankhamun tomb
The Boy King’s tomb may be hiding the entrances to two secret chambers!

 

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities said that he expects the results to take at least a week to analyze. If the new investigations prove the theory to be true, it could mean an excavation in the 3,000-year-old tomb!

Some Egyptologists think the chambers could be hiding the remains of another ancient Egyptian mummy.

Queen Nefertiti was one of the wives of Tutankhamun’s father, King Akhenaten. Although not Tutankhamun’s mother, Egyptologists think the boy king’s sudden death meant there wasn’t time to build him a tomb of his own. So instead, they laid him to rest in an antechamber (side room) of a larger tomb – one that archaeologists reckon could belong to Nefertiti, who died seven years earlier and whose tomb has never been found!

New scans taken of Tutankhamun tomb
Tutankhamun ruled Egypt for nine years during the 18th Dynasty.

 

Lots of Egyptologists are skeptical that the rooms belong to Nefertiti – but we can’t wait to find out!

Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in 1922 by English archaeologist Howard Carter. It instantly become world famous as the most well-preserved tomb ever discovered, left undisturbed for over 3,000 years.

Many of Ancient Egypt‘s tombs were raided by robbers looking to steal the treasure buried inside, so Tutankhamun’s tomb – filled with chariots, statues and a golden throne – was really rare!

Tutankhamun became king of Egypt in 1333 BC, when he was just nine years old – imagine!

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