Egypt: Scans Reveals No Hidden Rooms in King Tut's Tomb

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MostafaWaziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that head of the mission, Francisco Porcella, announced the results of the studies and researches that were carried out by his scientific research team in a lecture at the Fourth International Tutankhamen's Conference on Sunday May 6.

The Ministry of Antiquities has issued an official statement on Monday in which it stated conclusively that there are no hidden rooms in Tutankhamun's burial chamber.

The rumours of hidden rooms surfaced in 2015 when British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves thought queen Nefertiti's tomb might be hidden on the other side of a painting after high-definition laser scans were performed.

Experts used ground penetrating radar (GPR) to arrive at the "conclusive evidence", the ministry said in a statement.

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"Our work shows in a conclusive manner that there are no hidden chambers, no corridors adjacent to Tutankhamun's tomb", Porcelli said, "As you know there was a theory that argued the possible existence of these chambers but unfortunately our work is not supporting this theory". His linen-wrapped mummy was buried in a lavish golden sarcophagus and the tomb, first discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, is the most famous of all the burial sites in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in the city of Luxor and the source of ongoing fascination, myths and legends.

Italian researchers have found no hidden chamber behind the tomb of ancient Egypt's King Tutankhamun.

On Saturday, Tutankhamun's sixth and last historic military chariot was moved from a military museum in Cairo to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum near the Pyramid complex in Giza, which is scheduled to display about 4,500 new and unique pieces of the boy king after its opening later in 2018.

During the conference, Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said the first phase of the new museum, including King Tut's halls, would be completed by the end of this year, but the date for the museum's "soft opening" was yet to be decided.