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Monday, November 23, 2015

Search for Nefertiti in Tutankhamun's tomb to start Thursday

Search for Nefertiti in Tutankhamun's tomb to start Thursday
Nevine El-Aref, , Monday 23 Nov 2015
The three-day operation will involve the use of non-invasive radar to search behind the walls of Tutankhamun's burial chamber

Exploration work will start Thursday to test a theory that Egyptian Queen Nefertiti is buried behind a wall in the tomb of King Tutankhamun in Luxor's Valley of the Kings, according to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities.

The theory was developed by Arizona University Egyptology Professor Nicholas Reeves, who is currently working with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities to use non-invasive Japanese radar to search for the queen's remains.

Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that the work is to be carried out over three days, and will involve the use of radar signals and infrared thermography to probe the north and west walls of the boy-king's burial chamber.

Reeves conducted initial field inspections of the tomb in September, which he said revealed that the burial chamber ceiling extends beyond the northern and western walls, which suggests the presence of hidden chambers.

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