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Signs point to two hidden rooms at Tutankhamun’s tomb, experts say

Archaeologists plan to use radar scanners to investigate behind the walls of the boy pharaoh’s burial chamber

Early evidence uncovered by archaeologists working at Tutankhamun’s tomb in Luxor, Egypt suggest that two additional chambers may lie hidden at the boy pharaoh’s burial site.

A physical examination of the tomb walls by specialists, led by Egypt’s head of antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty and the British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves, suggests that the ceiling continues behind its north wall, and that this may once have formed part of a corridor.

The materials covering the walls also differ in places, suggesting the presence of hidden doorways. “This indicates that the western and northern walls of Tutankhamun's tomb could hide two burial chambers,” Eldamaty told the Egyptian news site Ahram Online. Once security clearance has been granted—a process that could take a few months—the team will use radar scanners to investigate further.

Egypt’s head of antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty points to details on the tomb walls

In August, Reeves published a paper arguing for the presence of two hidden chambers in Tutankhamun’s tomb; his theory developed after viewing high-resolution scans of the tomb’s walls, made by conservation company Factum Arte; these scans reproduced the walls’ texture in unprecedented detail, revealing previously unseen anomalies beneath the plastered surfaces.

Reeves argues that these anomalies could be “ghosts” of doorways, with one leading to an additional storage room, and the other perhaps leading to the burial of Queen Nefertiti.