Tomb of King Tut’s nurse to open at Saqqara Sunday
The golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun in his burial chamber is seen in the Valley of the Kings, in Luxor - REUTERS

CAIRO: The tomb of Maya, the wet nurse of King Tutankhamun, will open to the public for the first time on Sunday, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Damati announced Wednesday on the ministry’s official Facebook page.

The tomb was discovered in 1996 in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Ministry, said that Maya’s graveyard is one of the “most beautiful tombs,” with a corridor leading to a master chamber containing four pillars bearing an inscription, then followed by another corridor leading to the burial chambers.

Damati added that the opening of the nurse’s tomb golden coincides with ongoing surveys and exploration work performed in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, which he hopes may contribute to the detection of more ancient structures.

In mid-October, the Permanent Committee of Egyptian Antiquities approved the use of non-invasive radar to prove British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves’ theory that Queen Nefertiti’s crypt may be hidden behind King Tutankhamen’s.

Furthermore, Reeves said the tomb of Tutankhamen was originally constructed for Queen Nefertiti, strongly believed to be his step-mother,” adding that he found evidences suggesting the death mask of ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamen, currently on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, “was not made for him – in fact, it was made for his stepmother, Queen Nefertiti.”

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