Is Nefertiti buried behind a hidden door ?

An English archaeologist believes that Queen Nefertiti may lie in a secret room in Tutankhamun’s tomb.

The intriguing new claim has been put forward by Dr Nicholas Reeves who maintains that he has uncovered evidence of bricked-up passageways within the tomb of King Tutankhamun that could lead to the long-sought-after final resting place of Queen Nefertiti.

Dr Reeves made the discovery after examining high resolution photographs taken inside the tomb and believes that the hidden doorways have remained undisturbed for thousands of years.

Previous DNA analysis has suggested King Tutankhamun’s mother may have been a mummy known as the Younger Lady, who is also thought to be his father’s sister.

However, there are some Egyptologists who claim that it is actually Nefertiti, the chief wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten and mother to six of his children, who is Tutankhamun’s mother.

Dr Nicholas Reeves, an English archaeologist at the University of Arizona, has now provided new evidence to support these claims in a report published by the Amarna Royal Tombs Project.

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The location of Nefertiti’s burial chamber has long remained a mystery and if Reeves’ findings turn out to be correct then they could lead to one of the most important ever discoveries in Egyptology.

“Cautious evaluation of the Factum Arte scans over the course of several months has yielded results which are beyond intriguing,” he wrote. “[There are] indications of two previously unknown doorways, one set within a larger partition wall and both seemingly untouched since antiquity.”

“Obviously a full and detailed geophysical survey of this famous tomb and its surrounding area is now called for – and I would suggest as one of Egyptology’s highest priorities.”