Archaeologists clash in Egypt over King Tut tomb theory
CAIRO— Archaeologists clashed at a conference in Egypt on Sunday over a theory that secret burial chambers could be hidden behind the walls of King Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Speaking at the conference, former antiquities minister and famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass rejected the theory that undiscovered chambers lie behind the tomb and likely contain the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, one of pharaonic Egypt’s most famous figures. The theory has prompted new exploration and it has been extensively scanned by radar.
“In all my career ... I have never come across any discovery in Egypt due to radar scans,” Hawass said, suggesting the technology would be better used to examine existing tombs that are known to contain sealedoff chambers.
British Egyptologist Nicolas Reeves meanwhile defended the theory he put forward last year. Preliminary results of successive scans suggest the tomb contains two open spaces, with signs of metal and organic matter lying behind its western and northern walls.
“I was looking for the evidence that would tell me that my initial reading was wrong,” he said. “But I didn’t find any evidence to suggest that. I just found more and more indicators that there is something extra going on in Tutankhamun’s tomb.”— AP