King Tutankhamun's royal tomb is being investigated by archaeologists in order to determine if a secret chamber exists inside. Archaeologists are being extremely careful so they do not damage anything. A few months ago, archaeologists announced Tutankhamun may not be alone in his tomb. The question is, who else could be in there with him?
In order to ensure no damage occurs, Egyptologists have turned to experts in physics and engineering who are using infrared scans to determine who else could be buried in a secret chamber with Tutankhamun. The tomb where Tutankhamun rests is the first to be explored in the "Scan the Pyramids" project. The project is being led by Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities, Cairo University, and the HIP Institute. The project is using the latest, cutting-edge technology to see into the past. Since archaeology can be destructive, the state-of-the-art technology allows scientists to get a much better idea of where to dig and what they are searching for. Hany Helal, a Cairo University engineering professor, commented on the project.
"Many theories have been proposed, either explaining (the tombs' and pyramids') construction or their structural anomalies, but we are physicists and engineers, not archaeologists. Our goal is to use techniques to get concrete results. Then the Egyptologists will interpret them."Scanning Tutankhamun's tomb began on November 6. The scanning went on around the clock. The technology of the scanning equipment allowed archaeologists to see through the stones that the tombs are built out of. Jean-Claude Barré from LedLiquid, a French light and technology company, commented on what the scanner could potentially find.
"What interests us most are potential cold spots on the surface, which could be drafty, therefore reveal cavities, rooms, or hallways, within the monuments."
#ancienthistory: Infrared scans show possible hidden chambers found in Tutankhamen's tomb … https://t.co/jFaQvIvXRI pic.twitter.com/efrCuRAKyZScans that came back from the first 24-hour scan showed that a temperature anomaly existed in the northern wall of Tutankhamun's tomb. The temperature difference could mean that a secret chamber exists inside of the tomb where Tutankhamun is buried. The scans will be continuing for a week, in order to obtain more data about the tomb Tutankhamun is buried in and about a potential secret chamber inside it.
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A British archaeologist, Nicholas Reeves, believes Tutankhamun's tomb was originally intended to be the final resting place of Queen Nefertiti. A paper published earlier this year by Reeves claims Tutankhamun's tomb had two doorways that were plastered and painted over. Reeves believes Egyptian priests were forced to put Tutankhamun into the tomb 10 years after Nefertiti had died.
Reeves theory is not shared by everyone. Mandouh el-Damaty, the Minister of Antiquities, has his own theory about the tomb of Tutankhamun. Mandouh el-Damaty says it is possible that the wife of pharaoh Akhenaten, Kiya, could be in the tomb with Tutankhamun.
"A number of experiments will be carried out to determine more accurately the area marking the difference in temperature."On November 4, 1922, the tomb of King Tutankhamun was discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter. Three weeks later, Carter entered the tomb of Tutankhamun. Some people speculated that by entering the tomb, Carter unleashed the curse of the pharaohs. Legend states that any person who disturbs the mummified remains of any entombed pharaoh will be cursed for the rest of their lives.
On #ThisDayInHistory 1922, King Tutankhamen's tomb is discovered in Egypt. https://t.co/ZJXCGVngTepic.twitter.com/Dtj4E9YC2qDo you think Queen Nefertiti is buried in a secret chamber of the tomb that also houses King Tutankhamun?
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