More 3D Scans Set for King Tut's Tomb

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February 14, 2017

A team of Italian archaeologists will later this year resume the technological discussion of whether King Tut's tomb has a hidden chamber.

The archaeologists, from the Polytechnic University of Turin, will use ground-penetrating and other advanced technology to scan the tomb of the famed boy king Tutankhamen at depths of up to 32 feet, beginning at the end of February, as part of a long-term project to map out the Valley of the Kings, where most of Egypt's pharaohs were buried.

Tutankhamen is famous not for his brief reign but for the contents of his tomb, which were discovered by Howard Carter in 1922 and revealed to the world not long after that. Modern DNA techniques have convinced many scientists that Tut was the son of the famous Akhenaten, who revolutionized Egyptian religion, art, and culture in his relatively brief reign. Akhenaten's most famous wife was Nefertiti; his tomb has been found, but hers has not.

British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves in 2015 speculated that Tut's tomb had a hidden chamber that possibly contained the remains and grave goods of Nefertiti. Tut himself died before his tomb was prepared and so was buried in the tomb intended for his mother.

Radar scans also in 2015 by Japanese radar specialist Hirokatsu Watanabu suggested credence for Reeves's claim of at least one hidden chamber in Tut's tomb. However, follow-up radar scans in 2016 by a team from the National Geographic Society found no such evidence.

Egyptian Antiquities MInister Khaled El-Enany has insisted that no invasive exploration of Tut's tomb will take place.

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