Experts say there is a 90 per cent chance the young King’s tomb is also the resting place of Queen Nefertiti.
A British archaeologist has said there is a 90 per cent chance the tomb of famous Egyptian king Tutankhamun has a hidden chamber also containing the remains of Queen Nefertiti.
Dr Nicholas Reeves believes Tutankhamun may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti’s tomb when he died at age 19.
Experts had previously said there was a 60 per cent chance the ancient Queen’s resting place was in the tomb but are now even more confident after scans suggested the existence of a secret chamber.
The announcement came at a press conference in Egypt with Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty.
Speaking of the development, he said: “We said earlier there was a 60% chance there is something behind the walls. But now after the initial reading of the scans, we are saying now its 90% percent likely.”
Further investigations are now needed and the new evidence will go to Japan for analysis.
“There is, in fact, an empty space behind the wall based on radar, which is very accurate, there is no doubt.
“We cannot say at this point however the size of the space behind the wall,” Japanese radar specialist Hirokatsu Watanabe told the conference.
Discovery of Nefertiti, who is believed to be Tutankhamun’s step-mother, would shed light on what remains a relatively mysterious period of Egyptian history.