Archaeological discoveries

EGYPT. New radar session in Tutankhamun's tomb

Additional radar scans are planned this Thursday, March 31 in the tomb of Tutankhamun, in the Valley of the Kings. They could specify the presence of the two secret chambers. Burial chamber in the tomb of Tutankhamun (KV 62), in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt. Two secret rooms could be located behind its north and west walls.

ANALYSIS. The mystery continues! New radar scans are planned for the end of the day, this Thursday, March 31, in the tomb of Tutankhamun (KV 62), in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, in Egypt. The intervention should clarify certain points concerning the possible presence of two unknown chambers in the burial of the famous child king. This session was announced on March 17, during the presentation to the press by the former Minister of Egyptian Antiquities (since ousted during a government reshuffle) of the first radar results carried out by the Japanese radar specialist Hirokatsu Watanabe . Mamdouh al-Damati then ensured the presence "at 90% of two cavities behind the western and northern walls of the burial chamber" , as well as those of "metallic" substances and "organic" … The then Minister of Tourism (also since replaced) had himself gone much further in his descriptions by speaking of a “genuine Big Bang to come”! Everyone is now holding their breath while waiting – perhaps – for an exceptional discovery, as these pieces may possibly contain a new royal mummy (read Sciences et Avenir n°830 currently on newsstands )…

This new "Tutankhamun madness" began in August 2015 when Nicholas Reeves, British archaeologist from the University of Arizona (USA) and former director of the Royal Tombs of Amarna project in Egypt, launched his hypothesis on the possible presence of two secret rooms inside the hypogeum of the most famous of the pharaohs. According to him, one of them would contain nothing less than the remains of Queen Nefertiti, the famous sovereign, wife of Akhenaten, father of Tutankhamun. A hypothesis that has since been contested by other specialists who favor in particular that of Merytaton, sister of the young pharaoh (read Sciences et Avenir n°830);

An important session for further investigations

Also this Thursday, at 5 p.m., after an official visit to the Archaeological Zone of the Valley of the Kings, the new Minister of Egyptian Antiquities, Dr. Khaled El Anany, will accompany a team of specialists who have come specially to carry out new penetration radar surveys. floor (GPR) inside Tutankhamun's tomb. The Japanese Hirokatsu Watanabe should not be among them. Will these results answer some questions? Several Egyptologists have indeed expressed doubts about the raw radar anomalies provided during the first surveys. The absence of scales on the broadcast images has been criticized. Experts have wished that radar profiles with more data would be released.

These results will also determine the follow-up to be given to these investigations, in particular the possible insertion of a fiber optic camera to verify the existence of any rooms. The Ministry of Antiquities has indeed indicated that before proceeding with the slightest physical interference, it had to "be 100% sure that there was indeed something behind these walls ". And the results of this latest exploration should be announced... tomorrow! To be continued on our site.