Fresh off the transom, here’s the latest in the ongoing investigation into whether Nefertiti’s eternal resting place is hiding out behind a secret door in King Tut’s tomb.
NBC News reports on an update from Egypt’s antiquities ministry. They say radar scans suggest there are two previously undiscovered rooms to the north and east of the boy king’s burial site. Even better: “Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty told a press conference that metal and organic masses were revealed by the scans, signaling that the rooms could possibly contain funerary objects.”
Please, please, please, be a queen with a huge stash of amazing gold jewelry.
It’s still very much a question what they’ll find—if they find anything at all. Those indictions of “metal and organic masses” are exciting, but not an absolute confirmation of anything earth-shattering. Al-Damaty certainly sounds excited, though: “It could be the discovery of the century. It’s very important for Egyptian history and the history of the world.” Pretty much anything inside those rooms would be major, UCLA egyptologist Kara Cooney told National Geographic: “It makes us re-look at everything,”
The Associated Press goes into more detail:
The discovery could shine new light on one of ancient Egypt’s most turbulent times, and one prominent researcher has theorized that the Nefertiti’s remains could be inside. British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves speculates that Tutankhamun, who died at the age of 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti’s tomb, which archaeologists have yet to find.
More scans are scheduled for March 31. HOLLER IF YOU’RE BACK THERE, NEFERTITI!