Egypt: Radar scans at Tutankhamun's tomb reveal no secret chamber

May 08, 2018, 03:08
Egypt: Radar scans at Tutankhamun's tomb reveal no secret chamber

In 2015, the antiquities minister said that there was a "90 percent" chance that there was something behind the walls of Tutankhamun's tomb after initial reading of radar imaging suggesting that such a chamber exists.

The notion that the 3,300-year-old tomb was harbouring a secret chamber was raised to much excitement in 2015.

After the publication of the sensational article, Reeves had conducted a radar scan of the tomb, which seemed to confirmed his theory.

In March 2016, then Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty announced that radar analysis had nearly definitively ascertained that the tomb has 2 hidden chambers.

Eldamaty was replaced in March 2016.

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Part of the clamour was because of what could be hidden in that chamber.

"It is maybe a little bit disappointing that there is nothing behind the walls of Tutankhamun's tomb, but I think on the other hand that this is good science", added Dr Porcelli, according to BBC News. Reeves argued that because Tutankhamun died unexpectedly that he was hurriedly buried in the outer chamber of Nefertiti's tomb.

However, confirming these findings would require taking out the wall in question - gorgeously decorated - which, understandably, the Ministry was reluctant to do without absolute certainty.

The second team found no evidence of hidden chambers. This third survey was led by Francesco Porcelli, of the Polytechnic University in Turin with the assistance of two private geophysics companies.

Porcelli and his team scanning the tomb.

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Experts used ground penetrating radar (GPR) to arrive at the "conclusive evidence", the ministry said in a statement.

New research, however, has concluded the chamber simply is not there.

The team do believe they may have found what caused the false positives in Watanabe's data.

The search for the hidden tomb began when English archaeologist Nicholas Reeves, examining detailed scans of the chamber, discovered what looked like faint traces, or "ghosts", of doors beneath the plaster.

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