Monday, November 30, 2015

Is it ‎Tutfertiti‬ or Nefertuti?

After all the speculation and the radar scan, we're "pretty sure" something is there, and it might be big.  The scans will now be sent to Japan for further analysis - which could take up to a month. However, even the most minor of incisions in the wall could wreak damage to an inner chamber that may have been hermetically sealed for so many years. . . not to mention the part of the walls we can see have priceless paintings.

As Nicholas Reeves, the archaelogist who started all this, said, “The key is to excavate slowly and carefully and record well. The fact is this isn’t a race. All archaeology is disruption. We can’t go back and re-do it, so we have to do it well in the first place,” Reeves said.

So, it looks like a lot of waiting is on the horizon. In the meantime, catch up on all the news.

All eyes on King Tut’s tomb in search for ancient Egypt’s lost Queen Nefertiti

Speculation is mounting that Tutankhamun’s tomb could lead the way to the last resting place of the lost Queen Nefertiti, in what would be the most remarkable Egyptian archaeological find this century.

King Tutankhamun: Officials '90% sure' there is a secret chamber ancient Egyptian tombSome theories suggest Queen Nefertiti may have been Tutankhamun's mother. However, Antiques Ministry Damaty believes the chamber may contain the body of Kiya, a wife of the pharoah Akhenaten.

High Chance That 2 Rooms Are Hidden Behind King Tut's Tomb, Egypt Says

They know something is there; they just don't know how big it is. That's the latest from Egyptian officials who are trying to determine whether Queen Nefertiti's tomb might be hidden behind King Tutankhamun's tomb.

I am enchanted by Nefertiti: Nicholas Reeves

In an interview with Al-Masry al-Youm a few hours before the announcement of the radar examination results at Tutankhamun’s tomb in search for Nefertiti’s tomb, British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves said he would not apologize if his theory was proven wrong.

“Archaeology is based on assumptions that could be right or wrong,” he said, adding that it would take a long time to complete his work. “But we do have indications

Search for Nefertiti in Tutankhamun's tomb to start Thursday
The three-day operation will involve the use of non-invasive radar to search behind the walls of Tutankhamun's burial chamber. 

Egypt to do more tests on Tut's tomb in search for Nefertiti

Cairo (AFP) - Egypt said Monday it will conduct more tests this week in search of a hidden chamber in King Tutankhamun's tomb that a British archaeologist believes may be the burial place of Queen Nefertiti.

King Tut: The Teen Whose Death Rocked Egypt
Famous for his tomb full of golden treasures, the boy pharaoh was a pivotal figure in shaping the future of Egypt.

Whose face really belongs behind Tut’s famous gold mask?

TUTANKHAMUN’S striking gold funeral mask: It’s the ancient world’s most beautiful object. But was it actually made for a woman? Evidence its name-stamp was doctored suggests so.

What is missing from the tomb of Tutankhamun?

The world of archaeology is holding its breath. Will radar results confirm recent claims that there may be more to the tomb of Tutankhamun (KV 62) than it’s discoverer Howard Carter, and most Egyptologists since, believed?