King Tut’s hidden rooms are hidden no more
King Tut’s hidden rooms are hidden no more Egypt's Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty, left, speaks during a press conference as he displays images of radar scans to King Tut's burial chamber on a projector, at the antiquities ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, March 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
King Tut’s hidden rooms are hidden no more
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Scans of King Tut's burial chamber have revealed two hidden rooms. This is according to Egypt's antiquities minister. It is a discovery that could intensify speculation that the chambers contain the remains of the famed Queen Nefertiti.
 
Mamdouh el-Damaty told reporters March 17 that the secret chambers may contain metal or organic material. He declined to comment on whether royal treasure or mummies could be inside. Analysis of the scans made by a Japanese team showed chambers. They will be scanned again at the end of March to get a better idea of what may lay inside.
 
"It means a rediscovery of Tutankhamun ... for Egypt it is a very big discovery. It could be the discovery of the century," el-Damaty said. "It is very important for Egyptian history. And for all of the world."
 
The discovery could shine new light on one of ancient Egypt's most turbulent times. One prominent researcher has theorized that Nefertiti's remains could be inside. British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves speculates that Tutankhamun may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti's tomb. Tutankhamun is known as the boy king, because he died at age 19.  He is more commonly referred to as King Tut.  

Archaeologists have yet to find Nefertiti's tomb.
 
Nefertiti was famed for her beauty. She was the subject of a famous 3,300-year-old bust. Nefertiti was one of the wives of Tutankhamun's father. He was the Pharaoh Akhenaten.
 
El-Damaty said it was too early to tell what the metal and organic material could be. He said only that he thinks the new chambers could contain the tomb of a member of Tutankhamun's family.
 
The tomb lies in Luxor. It is in southern Egypt. Luxor served as the Pharaonic capital in ancient times. It is home to sprawling temples and several highly decorated ancient tombs.  They are in the Valley of the Kings. The discovery of King Tut's nearly intact tomb was made by Howard Carter. The discovery was made in 1922. It sparked a renewed interest in Egyptology.  And it yielded unprecedented Pharaonic treasures. Those included the boy king's sarcophagus and his iconic golden burial mask.
 
Reeves reached his theory after high-resolution images discovered what he said were straight lines in King Tut's tomb. These lines were previously hidden by color and the stones' texture. They indicate the presence of a sealed chamber, he said. The images were broadcast live on national television last September.
 
At the Cairo news conference, el-Damaty highlighted radar scans. They showed anomalies in the walls of the tomb. They indicated a possible hidden door and the chambers, which lay behind walls that were covered up. They were painted over with hieroglyphics.
 
Nefertiti was the primary wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten. He unsuccessfully attempted to switch Egypt to an early form of monotheism. That's the belief that there is only one god. Akhenaten was succeeded by a pharaoh referred to as Smenkhare and then Tut. 

Tut was proven by genetic testing to have been Akhenaten's son.
 
Tut, Nefertiti, and Akhenaten's family ruled Egypt during one of its most turbulent times. The era ended with a military takeover by Egypt's top general at the time. He was Horemheb. The family's names were later erased from official records.

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Why would a tomb have hidden rooms?
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COMMENTS (27)
  • alexandrag-san
    3/25/2016 - 01:08 p.m.

    I think a tomb would have hidden rooms because the family had other people that had past away and put them in hidden rooms.Also because other people hid their special belongings in the hidden rooms as well. Another reason is that they put their loved ones or rulers such as Nefertiti to hide away so no one would find them.Finally the family would put extra room to fit a king or queen.

  • oscarm-13754-san
    3/25/2016 - 01:09 p.m.

    It we'd have hidden rooms because there myt be secret stuff like this diary and his family

  • briannam-san
    3/25/2016 - 01:10 p.m.

    I think a tomb would have a hidden room so they can leave the people that died in the room Also it was hidden bay the colors of its texture

  • samanthas-98908-san
    3/25/2016 - 01:12 p.m.

    I think the tombs have different rooms because a long time ago,Egypt was a place that had a lot sand.What does that to do with this?Well I think they put the people who had died inside the pyramids.King Tutankhamen was not put in the pyramid,he was put in a secret room that his family and wife could see him when he died at the age of 19.He had a wife at a very young age.I also think that they put tombs in hidden rooms because the people who were very important back then were put in the room for privacy.The family had some privacy with the person who died.That is what I think??

  • lizbethg-san
    3/25/2016 - 01:13 p.m.

    A tomb would have hidden rooms because they can hide people in them.And because you can hide your money in them.And that is why a tomb would have a secret room.

  • ariannai-san
    3/25/2016 - 01:13 p.m.

    The museum is trying to hide something valuable.Mabe the real tomb of King tut .Or Nefertiti's tomb that "is not discovered ". And probably the items in the tomb of King Tut .

  • americaa-san
    3/25/2016 - 01:15 p.m.

    A tomb will have hidden rooms because there might be a body laying there but none of the people now who's it is.Some people think it might be the body's of a family.Finally maybe they don't want anyone to know what is inside.

  • destinyg-san
    3/25/2016 - 01:15 p.m.

    I think that the a tomb would have hidden rooms so that no one would fined the rooms. Also this is according to Egypt's antiquities minister. It is also a discovery that could intestifiy speculation that the chambers contain. That's what I think why a tomb have hidden rooms

  • harmonyq-san
    3/25/2016 - 01:16 p.m.

    The tomb have hidden rooms because there must riches and treasure. Or they have other family rulers that have been buried there.And important things they hidden over 1 million years . Or maybe cut off heads. I think there are mummies.

  • erickf-san
    3/25/2016 - 01:21 p.m.

    A tomb would have hidden rooms because the person who made it probably had a lot of stuff like loot,gold,iron,metal,organic metal, and the person didn't want anyone to take it so the person hides everything that he has and puts it the secret room.

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