A team of archaeologists and scientists have discovered a possible secret that has been hidden in King Tut’s tomb. The secret was accidently discovered when the team was making high resolution scans using infrared thermography to take pictures of the tomb. Originally, the purpose of taking the infrared scans was to use them to build a faux version of the tomb for tourists to experience as part of their visit to the Egyptian Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings.
The scans were later reviewed by British archaeologist Nicolas Reeves in February. What the scans revealed was a change in wall temperatures, with two distinct areas being different from the others along the western and northern walls in the tomb. The scans also revealed fissures on the walls in the same locations as the temperature changes. According to archaeologist Nicholas Reeves, the fissures indicate two hidden doorways that were plastered over, and then painted to hide them.
Reeves published a paper earlier this year about his findings, and his belief that King Tut’s tomb was originally built for Queen Nefertiti. The scans indicate two differently sized chambers. The smaller chamber is most likely a storeroom within the tomb, while the larger chamber is the perfect size for a queen. Reeves theorizes that, originally, Queen Nefertiti was interred before King Tut. After her interment, the doorway was sealed, plastered, and painted over to make a burial location for the boy king, since there would not have been time to build a pyramid or tomb for Tut.
In addition, some of the painted scenes within King Tut’s chamber are those typically associated with the same physical features of known portrayals of Queen Nefertiti. Further, there were only four rooms initially discovered within the tomb of King Tut. Compared to the tombs of other pharaohs, Tut’s is much smaller by comparison. This leads to speculation that these four rooms are part of a much larger structure with hidden doorways.
If this is, in fact, the hidden burial chamber of Queen Nefertiti, it could well have been saved from tomb robbers. It could potentially contain all of the royal treasures and artifacts originally buried with the queen almost 4,500 years ago. However, the Egyptian minister of antiquities, Mamdouh el-Damaty, does not agree with Reeves’ theory that the hidden chamber is the resting place of Nefertiti, but does agree there are more than likely hidden rooms within King Tut’s tomb.
Currently, the hidden chambers are only theories and speculation. A much more detailed infrared scan of the tomb is required in order to obtain more conclusive data. Additionally, several other experiments will need to be conducted to determine the cause for the temperature differences in the locations on the two walls within the tomb.
In the meantime, archaeologists and scientists will continue to record their findings in research notebooks and continue to perform further tests. For all of your research and scientific notebook needs, contact Scientific Notebook Company at 800-537-3028 to speak to a representative.