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Archaeologist says Nefertiti's resting place could be found; Hawass calls study 'speculative'

A British archaeologist says that a hidden doorway in Tutankhamun's tomb leads to his step mother's resting place; Hawas calls study a mere 'theory'

Nevine El-Aref , Wednesday 12 Aug 2015
The statue of Nefertiti at the Neues Museum in Berlin (Photo: Reuters)
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King Tutankhamun and his intact tomb have perplexed Egyptologists since its discovery by Howard Carter in 1922 at the Valley of the Kings on Luxor's West Bank.

This time is not his linage, health or death but the discovery of his step mother's resting place of Queen Nefertiti.

University of Arizona archaeologist Nicholas Reeves believes that he has discovered a secret passageway within King Tutankhamun's tomb that leads to the resting place of Nefertiti – queen of Egypt and the chief consort and wife of the monotheistic king Akhnaten, Tutankhamun's father.

Until now the tomb and mummy of Queen Nefertiti are missing and still undiscovered yet. Reeves analysed high definition photographs of the tomb of Tutankhamun to discover evidence of bricked-up passageways that could lead to Nefertiti's burial chamber.

Reeves writes in a report published by the The Times: "Cautious evaluation of the Factum Arte scans over the course of several months has yielded results which are beyond intriguing."

"[There are] indications of two previously unknown doorways, one set within a larger partition wall and both seemingly untouched since antiquity.

"The implications are extraordinary for if digital appearance translates into physical reality, it seems we are now faced not merely with the prospect of a new, Tutankhamun-era storeroom to the west."

"To the north [there] appears to be signalled a continuation of tomb KV 62, and within these uncharted depths an earlier royal interment – that of Nefertiti herself," Reeves added.

"Obviously a full and detailed geophysical survey of this famous tomb and its surrounding area is now called for – and I would suggest as one of Egyptology's highest priorities."

Hawass says 'theory aims at fame'

Egyptologist Zahi Hawass told Ahram Online that a study like Reeves' is just a "theory" or speculations not based on archaeological evidences.

Reeves, Hawass continued, reaches his conclusions after the mere examination of 3D photos and not based on field work inside the tomb.

"These lines which Reeves saw in the photos could not be traces of doorways as he claims. It could simply be lines in the photos," Hawass pointed out. 

He also explains that from the archaeological point of view, Queen Nefertiti's tomb could not be found inside Tutankhamun's tomb.

The architectural design of tombs during the 18th dynasty does not know the design of a tomb inside another one. This phenomenon is only known in the 19th dynasty whereas Queen Nefertiti belongs to the 18th dynasty.

"Reeves study is a theory for fame and publicity and not based on archaeological or scientific evidences," Hawass asserted.

He told Ahram Online that the ministry of antiquities has to assign a scientific and archaeological committee from Egyptian and foreign archaeologists to inspect Tutankhamun tomb in order to determine whether Reeves study is true or Wrong.

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14-08-2015 08:54pm
What Mr. Hawass still has to do with this????? Isn't there another Minister of Antiquities now???
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George lamas
14-08-2015 07:39am
Nefertiti's resting place could be found; Hawass calls speculative'.
Long time ago I realized that Mr.Hawass it's not Indiana Jones, Him for years had stopped jobs from others Egyptologists, I saw a documentary about him and he is very arrogant and friendly at his convenience. But Like I say; there was a professor(s) that worked in the sphinx and they were sure that under the right paw it's a room or library that date to the time of Atlantis, long before of the Egyptians Civilization and he (Mr. Hawass) dismiss the whole work even with strong information & research done for long time, he still call it "speculative" Because he believe the sphinx belongs to his people. Edgar cayce (The sleeping prophet) also prophesied that under the right paw it's a room made by the atlanteans, and he explain that the sphinx don't belong to the Osirian Civilization,and Hawass don't believe that and it shows that he have an agenda of himself - Keep pushing and you will see that many thing will come from below the desert and the sands won't stand the advances of progress.
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Michael Hughes
13-08-2015 10:26am
Possible Discovery of Nefertiti's Tomb
Have these archaeologists considered such possibilities as false doors or departure tunnels for Tutankhamun? While I admit I am only an amateur Egyptologist I don't think they have anywhere near enough evidence to consider the presence of a second Royal tomb.
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Richard R Bruce
13-08-2015 10:01am
A Wonderful Opportunity!
Mr Hawass is correct, this is as yet only a theory,but one with immense possibilities! and these possibilities under his wise direction can benefit both Egypt and egyptology . The world will watch the unfolding of this possible discovery as nothing since the original tomb has gripped the public attention since.This time the reserch will be carried out by Egypt with avid assistance from international interests , not like history past. Even if the hoped for discovery does not prove
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