It has long been a mystery, but archaeologists working in Egypt may have finally discovered a path to the famed tomb of the ancient Egyptian queen, Nefertiti. According to a report from the Daily Mail, King Tutankhamen’s tomb is suspected to include two hidden chambers, one of which might house the grave of Nefertiti.
According to Mamdouh El Damaty, scratching and markings on the northern and western walls bear striking similarities to the ones at the entrance of King Tut’s tomb, discovered by Howard Carter. The tomb of the queen has never been discovered, but the announcement supports a theory that she may be buried somewhere inside the walls of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.
El-Damaty said, “This indicates that the western and northern walls of Tutankhamen’s tomb could hide two burial chambers.” He reported that the results of radar testing of the walls would be released on November 4th, the same day that King Tut’s tomb was discovered.
According to British Egyptologist, Nicholas Reeves, Tut may have been rushed out into a peripheral chamber upon news of his sudden death at age 19. The tomb where the king was buried may indeed have been intended for Queen Nefertiti.
The plastered walls revealed objects that are too straight and symmetrical to have been naturally formed. Reeves argues that the architecture of the tomb was most likely designed for a woman, and not a man. He agrees with El Damaty that something is likely hidden behind the walls of the tomb of King Tut.
Researchers are still debating whether the tomb, if it exists, could actually have belonged to Queen Nefertiti. El Damaty thinks it more likely belongs to Kia, the mother of King Tut.
Nefertiti was known throughout ancient Egypt for her beauty, and was the wife of the pharaoh Akhenaten, the same that introduced one of the earliest forms of monotheistic religion.
We will likely have to wait until November 4th before we can say for sure whose tomb the hidden chamber actually is.