A dagger found in King Tut's tomb, along with some other ancient iron tools from around the world, is not just made of ordinary metal. They have extraterrestrial origin.
CAIRO – New radar scans have delivered conclusive evidence that there are no hidden spaces in the tomb of King Tutankhamun, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said on Sunday, ending a disappointing ending the years of excitement over the view.
Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said an Italian team carried out extensive ground radar studies, which showed that the grave contained no hidden, man-made blocking walls, as previously suspected. Francesco Porcelli from the Polytechnic University of Turin presented the results at an international conference in Cairo.
In 2015, the British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, after analyzing high-resolution laser scans, suggested hiding the tomb of Queen Nefertiti behind murals in the tomb of the famous boy king. The discovery sparked much interest, with the officials first supporting the theory, but later distancing themselves and finally rejecting it.
The ministry says two previous scans of Japanese and American scientists have proved inconclusive, but insist on this latest ground radar data close the lid of the tomb with such hidden secrets.
"It is concluded with great confidence, Porcelli said, the hypothesis about the existence of hidden chambers or corridors next to Tutankhamun's grave is from the GPR data," it said in its statement.
The Ministry has gradually transferred the possessions of King Tut to a new museum outside Cairo near the Giza Pyramids, to be restored there before being exhibited. The transfer of priceless items has become a particularly sensitive topic. In 2014, the beard, which was attached to the golden mask of the ancient Egyptian monarch, was accidentally kinked and hastily re-applied with an epoxy adhesive compound, which made a furore among archaeologists.
The Fourth International Tutankhamun Conference in Cairo, at which Porcelli presented the results The site's most extensive radar observation so far has been visited by a large number of Egyptologists and archaeologists from around the world.
During the conference, the Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani said that the first phase of the new museum, including King Tut's halls will be completed by the end of this year, but the date for the "gentle opening" of the Museums still have to be decided. The museum currently houses more than 43,200 artefacts, of which 4,500 belong solely to King Tut. The opening is planned for 2022.
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