A research team back in 2015 spent some time shooting radar around in King Tut’s tomb, in an effort to prove there was a hidden chamber. Now the results have been revealed — and it’s even more intriguing than we thought.
Egypt’s antiquities minister Mamdouh Eldamaty announced today in Cairo that radar scans have revealed not only the presence of hidden chambers (plural), but also objects in those rooms comprised of metal and organic materials. That means super-secret, and likely super-rare, Egyptian artifacts. Eldamaty teased it could be “the discovery of the century,” though there’s no word, yet, on what might actually be in the chamber. Fresh off these new findings, researchers have scheduled another radar test to take place by the end of the month.
King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter, and proved to be one of the most pristine sites in Egyptian history. More than 5,000 artifacts were recovered, and teams scoured and cataloged the site for decades. But it seems that 1920s-era technology wasn’t quite fancy enough to spot this apparent hidden chamber.
National Geographic notes the results have also been independently validated by Remy Hiramoto, a specialist in semiconductors and microelectronics who has consulted to the UCLA Egyptian Coffins Project. Based on the findings, Hiramoto concurred there is “definitely something that’s within the void.”
So, what’s in there? Some experts believe the body of Nefertiti, who was possibly Tut's stepmother, could be buried in this secret chamber on the north wall of the tomb. A prevailing theory is that her tomb was used when Tut died at the age of 19, because his tomb was not finished. Some also claim Tut’s funeral mask was repurposed from one designed for Nefertiti. But again, that’s all just a theory until archaeologists can gain access to the chamber and start looking around.
Personally? We’re betting on a Stargate. Jaffa, kree!
(Via National Geographic)