See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, Two secret doorways may exist coming from the walls of the main chamber. Akhenaten and Nefertiti at the Great State Window of their palace. Jesus Christ proof: Does this First century text prove the existence? Image courtesy of Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome, A ceremonial bed in the shape of the Celestial Cow, surrounded by provisions and other objects in the antechamber of the tomb, December 1922. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. These factors may also suggest that the tomb is part of a larger complex or that the tomb was made for Nefertiti and Tutankhamun was hastily placed inside following his untimely death. Renowned Archeologist, Nicholas Reeves, thinks it might be Queen Nefertiti's tomb. Nefertiti ruled the country in 1353-1336 BC. For Egyptologists today, finding Nefertiti’s mummy would be just as important as the discovery of Tut’s tomb. Nefertiti’s Tomb May Have Been Found In February 2020, a study published in the journal Nature detailed a promising ground-penetrating radar (GPR) survey around King Tutankhamun’s tomb. The findings were presented to Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) and the journal Nature in an as-of-yet unpublished report. The funerary material that was uncovered was unprecedented for any king in our records. That's because Dr Nicholas Reeves, an eminent Egyptologist and former director of the Amarna Royal Tombs Project, published a paper demonstrating how behind the walls of this small tomb, there were more rooms as demonstrated by thin cracks in the decorative paintings. Upgrading from these finds, it could be that these rooms contain more of Tutankhamun’s funerary goods. Image courtesy of Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome, A gilded lion bed, clothes chest and other objects in the antechamber. The other, on the north side of Tutankhamun's tomb, contains 'the undisturbed burial of the tomb's original owner - Nefertiti', Dr Reeves argued. They were so well hidden that they lay undiscovered for nearly a century after the first opening of the tomb. Queen Nefertiti’s Tomb: Nicholas Reeves’s Theory. A HIDDEN chamber near the tomb of King Tutankhamen may contain the long-lost remains of his mother-in-law, Queen Nefertiti. Although historians dispute the exact role of Queen Nefertiti, some believe she held the mantle of Pharaoh before Tutankhamun took over at the age of eight. STRANGE echoes, indentations and touched-up artwork inside Tutankhamun’s famous tomb have revealed secret chambers that may belong to his notorious mother — Queen Nefertiti. Some historians believe Nefertiti has already been found and currently lies in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. As it is only happening now, this discovery will be recorded with the latest technology and the process itself will be a matter for posterity. An American archaeologist believes he may have found the long-lost tomb of Egypt’s Queen Nefertiti. The Queen’s tomb has never been discovered but Dr Hawass suggested in 2019 Nefertiti’s body may have already been found. ... Another theory is that Nefertiti's mummy was already found, the so-called Younger Lady who was recently identified as Tutankhamun's mother through genetic testing. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? newspaper archive. High resolution scans of Tutankhamun's tomb have revealed hidden chambers where archaeologist Nicholas Reeves believes Queen Nefertiti's remains could be. see also: The Young king Tutankhamun, who was popularly called by the Institute, was the son of king Akhenaten, and when Nefertiti was the wife of Pharaoh, she automatically began to be the stepmother of Tutankhamun. Tutankhamen by Christiane Desroches Noblecourt, page 144. Has Nefertiti’s tomb finally been found? It could also be the final resting place of a major court official whose tomb was "borrowed" for Tutankhamun’s impromptu death. Image courtesy of Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome, Carter, Callende, and two workers remove the partition wall between the antechamber and the burial chamber, 2nd December 1923. His tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter and Douglas Berry, and surprisingly seemed to have gone unnoticed by past and recent tomb robbers. Overall the tomb is one of my favorite places I visited in Egypt. Experts have long believed that the coffins of Tutankhamun and Nefertiti buried together. It was July of last year when British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves announced his hypothesis that stunned scholars of the ancient world. Image courtesy of Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome, Howard Carter, Arthur Callender and an Egyptian worker open the doors of the innermost shrine and get their first look at Tutankhamun's sarcophagus, 4th January 1924. Secret chamber found inside King Tut's famous tomb may solve hunt ... Egyptologists are on the verge of solving one of history's biggest mysteries — the location of Queen Nefertiti's elusive tomb. The scans of the walls were done in November 2015 but the results were only released on the 17 March 2016 by Dr Mahmoud Eldamaty, the Minister of Egyptian Antiquities since 2014. Nov 29, 2015 - An intriguing new hypothesis is the talk of archaeologists and historians in Egypt and around the world: Does King Tut’s tomb contain Queen Nefertiti’s crypt? The Younger Lady. If so, then Tut’s tomb was never originally his. But until now, numerous archaeological expeditions have failed to conclusively find any new chambers. Reeves claims the artwork found inside King Tut's tomb are similar to artworks found elsewhere depicting the boy king and Nefertiti. Nefertiti was the wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep IV (later Akhenaten), and mother-in-law of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen. Read more. Modern reconstruction efforts show the Pharaoh suffered from many illnesses in his life paired with physical disabilities and spinal problems. Further examination of the resulting data indicates that there are organic and metallic remains behind each of these voids. Queen Nefertiti: Has the tomb of Tutankhamun's mother been found A diagram of Nefertiti's possible resting place. 1923. Egyptian archaeologists announced recently they may have found the burial place of Queen Nefertiti in a hidden chamber close to the pharaoh’s burial complex in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. Cambridge Egyptologist Kimberley Watt explains what's been found - and why we should all be excited, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. It is possible the mummy of Akhenaten himself may be among those for which the lack of contextualised information renders identification complex. Helpful. Two secret doorways may exist coming from the walls of the main chamber. The former minister is also on the hunt for Queen Nefertiti, searching for hidden tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Express. It has been suggested that it contains the burial of another royal member of the family. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Only because of this simple fact of being situated in Turkey can this discovery … It gives the impression of being an antechamber, rather than a tomb fit for a king. 7 Jul, 2019 02:38 AM 5 minutes to read. The wall of the burial chamber is guarded by statues, december 1922. Nefertiti was the wife of Akhenaten, a Pharaoh who ruled for 17 years before his death. Using ground-penetrating radar (radiating electromagnetic pulses into a surface then analysing the type of response), a team composed of the Egyptian minister and various specialists performed a scan of the walls of the burial chamber and treasury of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Tutankhamun’s mummified body is currently in the Museum of Cairo but will be moved by 2022 to the newly built Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo. A new radar survey of King Tutankhamun’s tomb has reportedly found evidence of a hidden chamber that has revived talk about Queen Nefertiti’s final resting place. Nefertiti has continued to capture our collective imagination throughout the ages. She survived her husband and may have become a regent of Tutankhamun in his early years, or may even have assumed the ruling position on her own, as Pharaoh Neferneferuaten. University of York archaeologist Joann Fletcher studied three mummies that had been found … Have we finally found the secret lost tomb of Egypt's Queen Nefertiti? Image courtesy of Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome, Howard Carter, Arthur Callender and an Egyptian worker wrap one of the sentinel statues for transport, 29th November 1923. Mar 20, 2016 - Egyptian Antiquities Minister said there is a 90% chance that King Tutankhamun tomb contains two hidden chambers. The ancient Egyptian royal’s place of burial has been a mystery for decades. The new findings suggest there is a space directly behind King Tut’s tomb, measuring about 6.5ft by 32ft (2m by 10m). Image courtesy of Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome, Ornately carved alabaster vases in the antechamber, December 1922. As Nefertiti's tomb was never completed and was found in the valley of the kings, the location of Nefertiti's body has long been a subject of curiosity and speculation. In the Egyptian Museum, many mummies have been scanned and identified during the Egyptian Mummy Project. Image courtesy of Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome, An assortment of model boats in the treasury of the tomb, ca. French archaeologist Victor Loret discovered the ‘Younger Lady’ mummy at a tomb, designated KV35, in the Valley of the Kings in 1898, but it wouldn’t be until 2003 that archaeologist Joann Fletcher of the University of York declared it could be Nefertiti. Image courtesy of Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome, Carter examines Tutankhamun's sarcophagus, October 1925. Recently, scientists using ground-penetrating radar studied the tomb of Tutankhamun. No trace has been found of the legendary "beautiful one" who ruled across Egypt at her husband's side... until, possibly, now. Dr Zahi Hawass, 72, is currently leading the largest excavation Egypt's Valley of the Kings since Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. According to the archaeologist, the tomb looks like an Egyptian queen’s tomb more than the burial space for a pharaoh due to its position to the right of the entrance shaft and the smaller size. The tomb of Tutankhamun, the king of ancient Egypt who became famous when Howard Carter discovered his tomb nearly intact in 1922, is now a hot topic again. A leading Egyptian archaeologist has revealed that the tomb of Queen Nefertiti – Tutankhamun's step-mother – could be found within days. Dr Hawass said extensive DNA testing could reveal them to be Queen Nefertiti and her daughter Queen Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun’s wife. Some rooms of the tomb remain walled up. Archaeologists used ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to revel a previously unknown cavity behind King Tutankhamun’s tomb. During his reign, she had a major role in the new religion and possibly too in the governing of the country. Like Nefertiti, the location of her tomb remains a mystery. He believes she is one of the two female mummies found in the Valley of the Queens. [INTERVIEW]USGS reveals what would happen if Yellowstone volcano erupted [INSIGHT]Before and After pics show horror of Antarctica ice melt [PICTURES]. The tombs were carved and excavated by workmen within the Theban mountain (on the opposite bank of modern Luxor), thus hiding the royal remains and funerary furniture deep into the mountain. No trace has been found of the legendary "beautiful one" who ruled across Egypt at her husband's side… until, possibly, now. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Clearly there is something on the other side of the north wall of the burial chamber. The most low-key discovery would be the beginning of halls extending the tomb further than its actual plan, in which offerings had been made. The boy pharaoh rose to power between the age of eight and nine but died before the age of 20. In fact, in 2003, another mummy was identified as Nefertiti. Queen Nefertiti has all through the ages continued to capture our imaginations. Image courtesy of Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome, A statue of Anubis on a shrine with pallbearers' poles in the treasury of the tomb, ca.1923. But he says … We will need to adapt the data slightly to understand the common people - but the archaeological evidences hidden here will build on our understanding and knowledge of a whole civilisation which started more than 5,000 years ago. Archaeologists have been exploring the tomb for additional chambers and secrets since its opening in 1922 by British explorer Howard Carter. Egyptologists have been unable to locate the tomb of Nefertiti during years of research after the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Now, a radical new theory may provide the … The results of previous radar surveys have found evidence of the existence of spaces and organic material behind the walls of the cemetery, said Amin, adding that he believes a chemistry professor will be needed to take part in the analysis of the radar survey results. Tutankhamun was the eleventh king of the 18th dynasty (16th – 13th century BCE), who reigned for nine years and died when he was approximately 18 years old. This means that a lot of it seems unique. August 12, 2015 10:43 am. Neferititi is, therefore, a likely candidate for the hidden chamber - particularly as she died before Tutankhamun. Dr Hawass said GPR has “never made any discovery at any site in Egypt”. DNA evidence suggests that Nefertiti’s mummy may already have been discovered—among several mummies found in 1898—and may now be reposing in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum—but this has not been confirmed. The first tomb I entered in the valley of the Kings was Tutankhamun’s, and like every one, I found it is not a tomb fitting for a boy King who was obviously beloved. Dr Reeves suggests that it was built as an extension to another tomb perhaps belonging to Queen Nefertiti. This could be an extraordinary discovery: not only the fact that there may well be precious objects, unseen creations and lengthy texts, but mostly because this is an unique opportunity to understand the way Egyptians managed their death. In Egypt, thanks to the dry climate, human and organic remains are extremely well preserved. The device found a pair of corridors that stretch from Tutankhamun’s room to another room 9.5 m wide and 1.8 m high. Have we finally found the secret lost tomb of ancient Egypt's Queen Nefertiti? Love letters at Nefertari Tomb. Share. Coronavirus prophecy: Was the deadly plague predicted by the Bible? Image courtesy of Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome, Carter, Mace and an Egyptian worker carefully roll up the linen pall covering the second shrine, 30th October 1923.