The search for a hidden tomb behind a wall of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber: Tutankhamun’s Tomb: Evidence Grows for Hidden Chamber, last week resulted in the announcement by Egypt’s antiquities minister Mamdouh Eldamaty that there is an ‘approximately 90 percent’ chance that there is ‘another chamber, another tomb’ behind the burial chamber. The group carrying out this research, using radar and infrared devices, is lead by Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, who believes that this chamber may be the long sought tomb of Queen Nefertiti.
Interestingly it was examination of the high resolution scans of the tomb produced the Factum Arte team, detailed earlier on this blog: Tutankhamun: Tomb Reconstruction, which led to the initial discovery of indications of two previously unknown doorways, one of which according to Dr Reeve’s theory, is likely to be a continuation of the tomb containing an ‘earlier royal internment – that of Nefertiti herself’.
Whether this theory turns out to be correct or not, and whether a further burial chamber is discovered, it is interesting that the starting point for this potentially major discovery was examination of the scans produced to create the replica tomb. This gives an additional value to this method of creating replicas – beyond that of the original dual conservation purpose to save the original from the detrimental effects of large visitor numbers, and to allow for detailed condition monitoring by comparing the live condition of the original against the condition recorded at the time of the scans.