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CAIRO – New radar scans have provided conclusive evidence that there are no hidden rooms in King Tutankhamun's burial chamber, the Egyptian Ministry said Sunday, bringing a disappointing end (19659004) Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said an Italian team had carried out extensive ground radar studies, which showed that the grave contained no hidden artificial blockade walls, as had been previously suspected. Francesco Porcelli from the Polytechnic University of Turin presented the results at an international conference in Cairo.
"Our work shows conclusively that there are no hidden chambers, no corridors beside Tutankhamen's tomb," said Porcelli. "As you know, there was a theory that questioned the possible existence of these chambers, but unfortunately our work does not support that theory."
In 2015, the British beat Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves after analyzing high-resolution laser scans the tomb of Queen Nefertiti could be hidden behind murals in the tomb of the famous boy king. The discovery sparked great interest, with the officials first supporting the theory, but later distancing themselves and ultimately rejecting it.
The ministry said two earlier scans by Japanese and US scientists did not produce conclusive results. Penetrating radar data closed the lid of the tomb with such hidden secrets.
"It is concluded with a very high degree of confidence," said Porcelli, "the hypothesis regarding the existence of hidden chambers or corridors alongside Tutankhamun's grave is not supported by the GPR data."
The ministry has the King Tut's possessions are gradually relocated to a new museum outside of Cairo near the pyramids of Giza, where they will be restored before being exhibited. The transmission of priceless objects has become a particularly sensitive topic; In 2014, the beard, attached to the ancient Egyptian monarch's golden mask, was accidentally broken off and hastily reattached with an epoxy adhesive compound, causing a stir among archaeologists.