Monday, May 9, 2016

King Tut tomb: Archaeologists clash over ‘secret chambers’ theory

Archaeologists clash over King Tut tomb theory

Secret chamber likely behind King Tut's tomb


ARCHAEOLOGISTS can't seem to agree on the possible existence of a secret chamber in King Tut's tomb, in a mystery that has piqued national interest in Egypt.

Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said on Sunday new technology is needed to determine whether Tutankhamun's tomb contained hidden chambers which a British archeologist believes may hide queen Nefertiti's remains.

Anani spoke to archaeologists and reporters at a conference in Cairo dedicated to King Tutankhamun and his world-famous golden funerary mask.

The mood at Sunday's conference was sceptical months after former minister Mamduh Damati said the secret chambers probably existed, raising expectations of another historical find.

Damati inspected the tomb last September with the theory's proponent, British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves.

His theory and the attention paid to it came as Egypt struggles to revive its key tourism industry after years of political turmoil.

Queen Nefertiti is believed by some to be King Tutankhamun's mother.

However, experts disagreed on Sunday over how the search for the chambers was handled.

"Handling the project wasn't done scientifically at all," said former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass.

Damati himself said more tests were needed.