The Tomb Of Nefertiti, The Ancient Egyptian Queen, May have Been Found

The potential discovery lies behind a secret door to King Tutankhamun’s tomb

It’s been almost one hundred years since Tutankhamun’s tomb was uncovered. The small size of the boy king’s burial chamber has long puzzled experts, given his standing in ancient Egyptian history.

Now, an archaeologist believes he’s discovered why – Tut’s tomb was built as an addition to his mother's existing tomb.

After studying high-resolution scans of King Tut’s burial chamber in the Valley Of The Kings, Dr Nicholas Reeves discovered two hidden doors behind painted plaster. He believes one of these doors may open to the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, Tutankhamun’s mother.

Nefertiti was the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten and widely famed for her beauty. It’s thought that she was as powerful a figure in ancient Egypt as her husband.

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