The King Tut tomb may be the final resting place for more than just the famous young Egyptian King. Recent high-resolution images of the tomb suggest that there may not be just one, but two hidden chambers, which were most likely the final resting place for other royal family members. One of those chambers could quite possibly hold the remains of the queen of beauty herself, Nefertiti.
According to MSN News on September 29, a recent theory of British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves is that when King Tut died at age 19, he may have been rushed into an outer chamber of the tomb of Queen Nefertiti. These high-resolution pictures gave the experts a look at Tut’s tomb and they were able to see things that weren’t spotted with the naked eye.
According to Fox News today, “The findings suggest that the western and northern walls of the burial chamber could hide two burial chambers, according to Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty.” The lines suggest a hallway might have stood in a place that is now plastered up. They also discovered the use of different types of building materials, suggesting construction at different times.
Some of the features didn’t look natural at all, like “very, very straight lines which are 90 degrees to the ground, positioned so as to correspond with the other features of the tomb,” said Reeves. He believes there could be two unexplored doorways, concealed by the plaster walls.
Reeves argues that what is seen in King Tuts Tomb as far as the design looks to be more suited for a queen, rather than a king. DNA analysis a few years ago suggests that Nefertiti was King Tut’s mother and it just might be that he is buried in the outer chamber of the tomb, which was designed for her.
Nefertiti was the primary wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten. Then Akhenaten was succeeded by a pharaoh referred to as Smenkhare and then Tut, who is widely believed to have been Akhenaten’s son. Reeves argues that Smenkhare is actually Nefertiti. After Akhenaten’s death it went to Nefertiti, Reeves believes. Nefertiti disappears and he believes she didn’t disappear, but simply changed her name.
That means if his theory is correct Nefertiti could be buried in one of the chambers that Reeves believes are on the other side of doorways that are covered up with plaster. He said when Nefertiti died it was Tut who was responsible for burying her. Then upon Tut’s death, Reeves believes the tomb was extended by someone. Reeves said, “I think since Nefertiti had been buried a decade before, they remembered that tomb was there and they thought, well, perhaps we can extend it.”
Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty agrees with Reeve’s theory and he is seeking the final approval to do a radar inspection of the tomb as well as thermal imaging in the area that is in question. When it comes to the life and times of King Tut and his parents, there are an abundance of theories. Tut was believed to have died in a chariot crash, but even that theory was challenged when CT imaging was done of his remains. From those images it was discovered that he had a club foot and suffered from a bone disease making it next to impossible to walk unaided.
Through modern-day history it was assumed that Akhenaten and his unnamed sister were the parents of the young pharaoh, who is known world wide as Tutankhamen, or King Tut. DNA seemed to support that theory until a genetic investigation by French archaeologist Marc Gabolde reveals the likelihood that King Tut’s mom may have been his father’s first cousin, Nefertiti. If Reeves’ theory is correct and the radar shows these hidden chambers, there should be a lot more to add to this ancient history, but with evidence to back it up.