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Radar survey underway at Tutankhamun's tomb in Luxor

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves has suggested that Nefertiti's mummy could be located in a secret chamber hidden in the tomb

Nevine El-Aref in Luxor, Friday 27 Nov 2015
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Japanese radr expert Watanabi examines data as Minister Eldamaty watches on (Photo: Nevine El Aref )
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A second radar investigation of the tomb of King Tutankhamun in Luxor will take place on Friday, as part of the process of assessing whether the tomb may hold the remains of Queen Nefertiti.

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves has suggested that the queen's mummy could be located in a secret chamber hidden in Tutankahmun's tomb in Luxor’s Valley of the Kings.

Egypt's antiquities minister, Mahmdouh Eldamaty, is on site with Reeves to investigate the theory.

The first radar tests were carried out on Thursday on the north, west and south walls of King Tutankhamun's burial chamber; the second radar investigation is due to take place on Friday afternoon and will take readings of the same walls to confirm the data.

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Nicholas Reeves in blue (Photo: Nevine El Aref )

Nicholas Reeves in blue (Photo: Nevine El Aref )

Eldamaty told Ahram Online that Friday's investigation was conducted to double check the results taken yesterday. He added that a second test-run is to be also.carried out on Friday evening on the tomb of King Ramses II by the research team.

If the radar investigation proves Reeves' theory, asserted Eldamaty, "it would be the discovery of the century."

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Eldamaty at radar session (Photo: Nevine El Aref )

Eldamaty at radar session (Photo: Nevine El Aref )

Reeves describes the data collected by the radar on the walls as "intriguing" but nothing can be confirmed yet until the data has been analysed scientifically and archaeologically.

He did say however that the data reveals a high probability of differences in the wall's design.

On Saturday an international press conference is to be held at Howard Cater's rest house on Luxor's West Bank to announce the final result of the radar survey.
 

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