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No hidden chamber confirmed inside Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt

08 May 2018

Italian researchers have found no hidden chamber behind the tomb of ancient Egypt's King Tutankhamun.

Tutankhamun, who died at about 19, became the world's best known pharaoh of ancient Egypt after his almost intact tomb was discovered by the British Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922.

The golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun displayed in his burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt, on November 28, 2015. It will undoubtedly disappoint many who had hoped that the burial chamber of the legendary Queen Nefertiti could be once more revealed to the world.

During the conference, Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said that the first phase of the new museum, including King Tut's halls, would be completed by the end of this year but the date for the museum's "soft opening" has yet to be decided. 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.

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The young pharaoh was buried inside a tomb in the Valley of the Kings near the modern-day city of Luxor.

It's official: There are no hidden chambers or passages behind the walls of Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb.

This marks the third radar survey of the tomb, the most comprehensive yet, and, the Ministry says, the conclusive word on the subject.

In a report submitted to the Egyptian ministry, Porcelli concluded that "the hypothesis concerning the existence of hidden chambers or corridors adjacent to Tutankhamun's tomb is not supported by the GPR data".

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The somber news was presented at the fourth International Tutankhamun Conference in Cairo, which was attended by Egyptogists and archaeologists from all over the world. It had been speculated that this second undiscovered chamber was the tomb of the famous Queen Nefertiti.

However, Italian specialists from the University of Turin used new penetrating radar scans to reach their conclusion, saying they were confident of the results, the BBC reported.

They believe the painted plaster walls that cover the limestone may have conducted the radar in places, instead of absorbing it. With his iconic gold and blue striped death mask, Tutankhamun has become somewhat of a poster boy for all Egyptian Pharaohs.

The museum now hosts more than 43,200 artefacts, of which over 4500 belong to King Tut alone, and its grand opening is planned for 2022.

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No hidden chamber confirmed inside Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt