Friday, March 25, 2016

All Nefer-Tuti, All the time

Yes, we're very excited about what's going in KV62. Here's a round-up of a few of the stories since the news conference on March 17th, in case you missed it.

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Egypt: Scans of King Tut's Tomb Unveil Hidden Rooms  -- Scans of King Tut's tomb appear to have revealed two hidden rooms - a discovery that heightened speculation the chambers contained the remains of the elusive Queen Nefertiti.

Nefertiti: Who is the mysterious Queen who might be hiding in Tutankhamun's tomb?

The most famous tomb in the world may have been shared, a discovery that could unlock one of the world’s greatest mysteries: What happened to a beautiful queen who once ruled ancient Egypt?

Tomb radar

CAIRO — Radar scans of King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber have revealed two hidden rooms, a tantalizing discovery that could resolve a mystery as old as the pyramids: What was the fate of Egypt’s beautiful Queen Nefertiti?

At a packed Cairo news conference Thursday to announce the find in King Tut’s tomb in Luxor, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty declined to comment on whether any royal treasure or more mummies might be inside the rooms.

King Tut may have had company in his tomb

CAIRO — Egypt’s top antiquities official said Thursday that a deeper analysis of radar scans taken last year in the tomb of King Tutankhamen indicated that organic material or metal could be hidden behind its walls — inching forward a theory that someone, perhaps Queen Nefertiti, was buried in the tomb, too.

The tiptoeing language used by the official, Mamdouh Eldamaty, suggested no breakthrough, but rather an attempt to satisfy the huge worldwide interest in ancient Egypt and especially anything related to Nefertiti or Tutankhamen, also known as King Tut.

It was potentially “the discovery of the century,” Eldamaty, the antiquities minister, said at a packed news conference in Cairo. But he added: “I cannot say anything about the organic material. I can only say we have some organic material. Maybe. I don’t know.”

What do those scans look like?

Here are photos from Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities press conference:

Cavity pattern: red arrows indicate the entrance to the cavity