Egypt says Tutankhamun's tomb has no secret chambers after all

Egypt says Tutankhamun's tomb has no secret chambers after all

Italian researchers who conducted extensive studies with ground-penetrating radar found the tomb does not contain any hidden, man-made blocking walls as was earlier suspected, a spokesman for Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities said.

After months of research and studies, the scientific missions at the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy, concluded that there are no chambers or rooms behind the walls of King Tutankhamen's tomb.

It has always been speculated that beyond King Tut's tomb were a number of hidden chambers, but without any real proof.

Artefacts to be shown in new museumThe stone sarcophagus containing the mummy of King Tut is seen in his underground tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

According to the ministry, a team of Italian geophysicists conducted Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) studies and analysis that conclusively disproved British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves's theory, published in 2015, that the 3,000-year-old funeral chamber might hide the final resting place of one of ancient Egypt's best-known sovereigns.

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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. This was a third test after two previous tests were inconclusive, but this time they mean it.

After Mr Reeves' sensational paper, a series of radar scans seemed to support his theory, leading Egyptian authorities to declare it was "90% sure" that a further chamber existed.

In 2012, scientists confirmed that a dagger found among the treasures in King Tut's tomb was made with iron from a meteorite.

The new museum is located just outside of Cairo and nearby the Giza Pyramids and much of Tut's luggage has been moved, but after an incident in 2015, which caused the beard of King Tut's golden mask to come undone and then quickly reattached with some kind of epoxy glue, it has been reported that tensions between archaeologists is high. The museum now hosts more than 43,200 artifacts of which over 4,500 belong to King Tut alone, and its grand opening is planned for 2022.

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