Tutankhamun 'secret chamber' does not exist, researchers find

The Colossal statue of King Ramses II being moved to the GEM in January 2018

The Colossal statue of King Ramses II being moved to the GEM in January 2018

New research has revealed there are no secret chambers within King Tutankhamun's tomb.

Tutankhamun, who died at about 19, became the world's best known pharaoh of ancient Egypt after his almost intact tomb was discovered by the British Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922. The hunt for the lost rooms originally sprang from a sensational claim made by British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, who argued the tomb of Tutankhamun was actually an outer chamber for the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, one of the wives of Tutankhamun's father, Akhenaten.

Porcelli's study, the third of its kind, was commissioned to settle conflicting results from two previous studies from a Japanese and an American team.

Dr Francesco Porcelli, the lead researcher of the new project, has now concluded "with a very high degree of confidence" that no such chamber or corridor exists.

An interior view of the King Tutankhamun burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt, 28 November 2015.

However, some archaeologists believe the mummy of Nefertiti, fabled for her beauty, has already been found in a different tomb.

A quest by Egyptian authorities to discover a secret chamber in the tomb of Tutankhamun has ended with a frank admission - that it doesn't exist.

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Researchers have been using radar imaging to uncover the truth.

Egypt's Antiquities Ministry announced the results of the research Sunday, ending years of debate about whether the rooms exist or not.

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

The findings of the latest radar survey were presented during the fourth International Tutankhamun Conference in Cairo.

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.

The museum now hosts more than 43,200 artefacts, of which over 4500 belong to King Tut alone, and its grand opening is planned for 2022.

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