Archaeologists Given Go-Ahead to Search for Nefertiti

Nefertiti bust (Egyptian Museum, Berlin)

Nefertiti bust (Egyptian Museum, Berlin)

Archaeologists Given Go-Ahead to Search for Nefertiti

A digital art preservation group might have discovered the secret chambers of Nefertiti’s final resting place behind the walls within King Tutankhamun’s tomb. In light of this, Egyptian authorities have given British archaeologists the go-ahead to search for her potential lost remains, according to reports.

A paper just released by the Amara Royal Tombs Project outlines details of the archival of Tut’s burial chambers, through scans of the chamber by an art house this year. A call for digital preservation of the ancient site comes in light of a request by Egyptian authorities, from damages to the burial chamber over recent years resulting from tourists. Through the processes of three-dimensional scanning, the artists noted some peculiar outlines on walls indicating that other rooms might possibly exist. This was released in their report’s abstract:

Recently published, high-resolution scans of the walls of room J (the Burial Chamber) of Valley of the Kings tomb KV62 (Tutankhamun) reveal, beneath the plastered surfaces of the painted scenes, distinct linear traces. These are heremapped, discussed, and tentatively identified as the ÒghostsÓ of two hitherto unrecognized doorways. It is argued thatthese doorways give access to: (1) a still unexplored storage chamber on the west of room J, seemingly contemporarywith the stocking of TutankhamunÕs burial; and (2) a pre-Tutankhamun continuation of KV 62 towards the north,containing the undisturbed burial of the tombÕs original owner — Nefertiti.

Map of Tut's burial chambers, depicting potential rooms containing Nefertiti's suspected final resting place hidden by walls (in yellow). (Reeves)

Map of Tut’s burial chambers, depicting potential rooms containing Nefertiti’s suspected final resting place hidden by walls (in yellow). (Reeves)

The interactive photographic tour of Tutankhamun’s tomb completed by Factum Arte is now online for visitors all over the world to enjoy the mysteries and wonders surrounding his final resting place.

Considering the opulent treasures found in the tomb of Tut, findings of Nefertiti’s are estimated to be equal-to if not more valuable than the boy king’s famous discovery by Howard Carter in 1922. Despite deaths of archaeologists and excavators due to radiation poisoning and bacterial infections, some insist that alleged ancient curses laid upon Tut’s tomb are indeed real, inspiring classic horror movies for many decades throughout the 20th century. It will certainly be interesting to see whether-or-not measures will be taken to prevent future tragedies.

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