LUXOR, Egypt :A British Egyptologist said on Saturday he would conduct further investigations into whether the tomb of Ancient Egypt’s boy-king Tutankhamun contains passages to a hidden chamber, including what he believes is the last resting place of Queen Nefertiti.
Nicholas Reeves announced his plans during a joint news conference with Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty, who said that data would be taken to Japan for study and that chances were high that a chamber exists.
“We said earlier there was a 60 percent chance there is something behind the walls. But now after the initial reading of the scans, we are saying now its 90 percent likely there is something behind the walls,” said Damaty.
If proven, the discovery of the last resting place of Nefertiti would be the most significant this century and shed light on what remains a mysterious period of Egyptian history despite frenzied international interest.
Nefertiti, whose chiseled cheek-bones and regal beauty were immortalized in a 3,300-year old bust now in a Berlin museum, died in the 14th century BC.