Has Queen Nefertiti been found behind King Tut's tomb?

According to new tests, Nefertiti’s remains may be situated in a portal leading from Tutankhamen’s burial chamber. (File: AFP)

A U.S. archaeologist claims he may have unearthed evidence that Nefertiti, the ancient Queen of Egypt, lies buried inside Tutankhamun’s tomb.

While the remains of Nefertiti – made famous by a much-copied bust of her that sits in a Berlin museum – have not yet been found, Nicholas Reeves, an archaeologist at the University of Arizona, said in a recent article that she could be interred in Tutankhamun’s tomb.

The tomb of Tutankhamun, who some believe to be Nefertiti’s son, was discovered in 1922, and is still known perhaps the most sensational historical find of the 20th century. According to new research, Nefertiti’s remains may be situated in a portal leading from Tutankhamen’s burial chamber.

The finds were made last year, after Spanish artistic and preservation specialists Factum Arte were tasked with producing detailed scans of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

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According to Reeves, digital scans of Tutankhamun’s tomb published last year have yielded results that are “beyond intriguing.”

His hypothesis is that two previously unknown sealed-off doorways lead off from the room where Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus was found.

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s resting place nine decades ago by English archaeologist Howard Carter was known as one of the most intact ancient Egyptian tombs ever found. Around 2,000 objects – including the king’s solid golden burial mask, which today sits in Cairo’s main museum.

If a similar volumne of objects were found elsewhere in Nefertiti’s tomb, it would represent “quite a coup,” said Reeves.

Egyptian authorities have not yet responded to the claims.

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