A team of archaeologists led by former Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty is on a quest to find the final resting place of the renowned Ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.
For years, this mystery has eluded a number of international as well as local Egyptologists, however, it seems that this is about to come to an end.
At the heart of the Egyptian Valley of Kings in Luxor, tombs of ancient Pharaonic kings and queens of the New Kingdom are located; the most well-known of these is that of the boy-king Tutankhamen, who died at the early age of 19. Despite his rule being somewhat inconsequential, the young Pharaoh is now infamous for his elaborate, treasure-filled tomb and sarcophagus, which popularized ancient Egyptian heritage throughout Europe’s industrial age.
King Tut’s tomb was not broken into by grave robbers; in fact, it was found in pristine condition, preserved almost perfectly for thousands of years.
Today, however, a team of archaeologists believes that a hidden chamber behind the walls of this world-renowned tomb opens up to a labyrinth that might lead to the final resting place of Queen Nefertiti.
These scientists scanned the interior walls of King Tut’s tomb using ground-penetrating radar technology which can reveal information about what lies behind opaque objects.
The findings included an unidentified area behind the walls measuring around 7 feet high and 33 feet long.
Nefertiti is the wife of King Akhenaten and King Tutankhamen’s stepmother. Some historians believe that between the death of the first and the coronation of the latter, Nefertiti presided over the throne of Egypt.
Some believe that she was even buried like a pharaoh, and Egyptologists all over the world are intrigued by the finding as, in a sense, this could be the biggest archaeological discovery made in years, if not decades.