One of the most famous tombs in history, King Tut’s, might have a few more mysteries left to unravel.
A recent investigation aimed to discover any chambers still hidden in King Tut’s tomb returned some interesting results, which indicate the famed tomb could have one or more long-forgotten rooms that have never been explored in modern history. As Discovery reports, Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering and the Paris-based organization Heritage, Innovation and Preservation used infrared thermography to record the wall temperatures within the tomb. The hypothesis is that the wall temperature will be different if there’s a hidden room behind the wall.
Turns out, a portion of the tomb’s northern wall is a different temperature than everything else around it. The investigation followed up on claims from British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, who believes some traces in the tomb are pointing toward two chambers located on the northern and western walls. He also believes some hieroglyphs in the tomb have also been misinterpreted.
So what could be back there in the secret chamber (if it actually exists)? Chambers believes it could be the mummy of Nefertiti, aka Tut’s father's wife. The theory is that Tut’s tomb wasn’t ready when he died at the age of 19, so they repurposed her tomb, since there wasn’t time to finish his own. It’s worth noting other researchers believe Nefertiti has already been found in a different tomb. So, yeah — there’s some drama and mystery in ancient Egypt these days.
Researchers plan to continue researching and exploring the potential hidden tomb, so hopefully we’ll have some definitive answers soon.