Search for Nefertiti inside Tutankhamun's tomb approved

Nevine El-Aref , Wednesday 23 Sep 2015

Radar examination is to be used to determine whether Nefertiti is buried inside the tomb of her son-in-law, King Tutankhamun

In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, a 3,300-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti stands on its socle, at the New Museum in Berlin, Germany (Photo: AP)

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities has approved the use of non-invasive radar to test a theory suggesting that Queen Nefertiti’s burial chamber is hidden within King Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Mouchira Moussa, media consultant to the antiquities minister, said the radar is not going to cause any damage to the tomb’s walls and final security clearance will likely be obtained within a month. She added that British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves is to come to Luxor on Monday to inspect the northern wall of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Reeves published a theory in August suggesting that the burial chamber of Queen Nefertiti could be located behind the northern wall of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Reeves believes that Tutankhamun may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti's tomb.

This theory  was developed after Reeves' examination of high detailed photographs taken by Spanish artistic and preservation specialists Factum Arte, which was commissioned to produce detailed scans of Tutankhamun’s tomb in order to reconstruct a replica.

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