Ar­chae­ol­o­gists clash in Egypt over King Tut tomb the­ory

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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

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