A series of scans have been carried out on Tutankhamun’s Tomb in the Valley of the Kings in a bid to discover if the tomb actually contains a secret chamber holding the remains of Queen Nefertiti.
The claim has been made by Dr Nicholas Reeves from the University of Arizona who analysed high-resolution scans of the walls of Tutankhamun's grave. After analysing the scans Dr Reeves spotted what appeared to be a secret entrance; the 'ghosts' of two portals that tomb builders blocked up, one of which is believed to be a storage room and the other, on the north side of Tutankhamun's tomb, contains 'the undisturbed burial of the tomb's original owner - Nefertiti', he argues.
Egypt’s Antiquities Minister, Mamdouh el-Damaty, announced last week that further infrared scans of Tutankhamun's burial chamber shows evidence that a pair of doorways could be hidden behind a layer of plaster and paint, possibly leading to another hidden burial chamber. According to el-Damaty, “the preliminary analysis indicates the presence of an area different in its temperature than the other parts of the northern wall.”
While the temperature differences detected in the infrared scans suggest that two chambers could be hidden beyond Tutanhhamun’s burial chamber. El-Damaty says more research needs to be done to verify the findings, though he is confident that archaeologists will uncover an adjacent chamber. However, it is not certain it would belong to Nefertiti and others suggest the hidden tomb might have been built for one of Akhenaten’s other wives, a woman named Kiya.