Hidden chambers found at Tutankhamun’s tomb

Japanese expert Hirokatsu Watanabe checks his radar equipment outside King Tutankhamun's burial chamber in the Valley of Kings near Luxor in southern Egypt on November 28, 2015. Scans of King Tutankhamun's tomb point to a secret chamber, possibly heralding the discovery of Queen Nefertiti's long-sought mummy, archiologists said. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI

Egypt says there is a 90% chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun’s tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum. One prominent researcher, Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, has even theorised that the remains of Queen Nefertiti might be inside the mausoleum.

Egypt began the search for the hidden chamber last week. Announcing the results of three days of testing in the southern city of Luxor, the antiquities minister, Mamdouh el-Damati, said the findings would be sent to Japan for a month-long analysis before the search is resumed.

Luxor, in southern Egypt, served as the pharaonic capital in ancient times, and is home to sprawling temples and several ancient tombs.

Nefertiti was the first wife of Akhenaten, who unsuccessfully attempted to switch Egypt to an early form of monotheism. Akhenaten was succeeded by a pharaoh referred to as Smenkhare and then Tut, who is widely believed to have been Akhenaten’s son.