October 01, 2015

King Tut’s Egyptian Tomb May Hide Queen Nefertiti


This theory is gaining traction.I have posted on it before - see links below. 
I think it is very exciting!


The search for ancient Egypt’s Queen Nefertiti in an ­alleged hidden chamber in King Tut’s tomb gained new momentum as Egypt’s Antiquities Minister said yesterday he was now more convinced a queen’s tomb may lay hidden behind King Tutankhamun’s final resting place. 
While touring the burial sites of Tutankhamun and other pharaohs in Luxor’s Valley of the Kings with British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said King Tut’s 3300-year-old pharaonic mausoleum probably contained at least one hidden chamber.

Mr Reeves argues Tutankhamun, known as King Tut, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti’s tomb.

“I agree with him that there’s probably something behind the walls,” Mr Damaty said.
But he said if anyone was buried there it was likely to be Kia, believed by some Egyptologists to be King Tut’s mother.

High-resolution images of King Tut’s tomb “revealed several very interesting features which look not at all natural, features like very, very straight lines which are 90 degrees to the ground, positioned so as to correspond with other features within the tomb,” Mr Reeves said during the visit.

These features would have been difficult to capture with the naked eye, he said.
Mr Reeves said the walls could conceal two unexplored doorways, one of which perhaps leads to Nefertiti’s tomb. He also argues the design of the tomb suggests it was built for a queen.

Mr Damaty said he would seek final approval for a radar inspection of the tomb.

Nefertiti, famed for her beauty and who was the subject of a ­famous 3300-year-old bust, was the primary wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, who tried and failed to switch Egypt to an early form of monotheism. Akhenaten was succeeded by a pharaoh referred to as Smenkhare and then Tut, who is widely believed to have been Akhenaten’s son. King Tut died at the age of 19.


Mr Reeves believes Smenkhare is actually Nefertiti. “Nefertiti disappears ... according to the latest inscriptions just being found,” said Mr Reeves. “I think that Nefertiti didn’t disappear, she simply changed her name.”

After Nefertiti died, Tut buried her, and then when he died someone extended the tomb, Mr Reeves suggested. “Since Nefertiti had been buried a decade before, they remembered that tomb was there and they thought, well, perhaps we can extend it,” he said.

The 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb filled with artefacts, including a golden ­funeral mask, made him known the world over, and boosted interest in that era, called the Amarna period.

While inscriptions in tombs provide some information, they are not always helpful in clarifying a pharaoh’s lineage.

“In the case of royal tombs, they’re not dealing with mortal life, they’re dealing with the beyond,” said Mr Reeves, adding that writing things such as a family tree “is just irrelevant”.

Instead, these inscriptions include things such as “spells to enable the deceased to reach the lands of the gods,” said Mr Reeves. This means experts use a number of factors to develop theories, leading to divisions among experts about the period. “Every Egyptologist has got a different view on the Amarna period, because we have a lot of evidence to discuss but not just quite enough to make a final decision,” he said.

“If we find something extra, even one small new inscription would be a great bonus, it could change everything.”

Tut, Nefertiti and Akhenaten’s family led Egypt during one of its most turbulent times, which ended with a military takeover by Egypt’s top general at the time, Horemheb.

“Egypt basically fell apart under Akhenaten and it was the military that pulled it all together again,” said Mr Reeves, adding that Egyptians wiped out King Tut’s name from official records of pharaohs.

Horemheb “made laws to control the country and to fight against the corruption, against the police who were corrupted, against the high officials”, said Mohamed Saleh, a former director of the Egyptian Museum who was also touring the site.

Tourism Minister Hesham Zazou said he hoped the new discovery would revive tourism in ancient Egyptian sites. Tourism at Red Sea beach resorts is rebounding after years of turmoil following the 2011 ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, said Mr Zazou, but otherwise “tourism is suffering tremendously.”

With many thanks to The Australian 
Secret chamber likely behind King Tut's tomb

Secret chamber likely behind King Tut's tomb

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