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The stone sarcophagus containing the mummy of King Tut is seen in his underground tomb.

Spanish Leak Reveals Hidden Chamber in Tutankhamun Tomb is Full of Treasures

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The Tourism Minister of Egypt Hisham Zaazou may have slipped up during a recent visit to Spain when he revealed startling information about the investigations into a hidden chamber in Tutankhamun’s tomb ahead of official press announcements due to take place in April.  Zaazou said that the hidden chamber has been found to be full of treasures and will be the ‘Big Bang’ of the 21 st century.

According to the Spanish National daily newspaper, ABC, Zaazou made the sensational claims during a visit to Spain a few weeks ago.

"We do not know if the burial chamber is Nefertiti or another woman, but it is full of treasures," said Zaazou [via ABC] … “It will be a ‘Big Bang’, the discovery of the 21st Century".

Investigations in Tutankhamun’s Tomb

The Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt launched high-tech analyses within the boy king’s tomb on November 4 after initial infrared scans of the walls of Tutankhamun’s tomb detected an area of greater heat, pointing to the presence of a hidden chamber.

The scans were designed to test out the theory by archaeologist Nicholas Reeves that the tomb of Tutankhamun contains two hidden chambers and that one of them is the final resting place of Queen Nefertiti. According to the Minister, the scans showed a 90 per cent likelihood that there was something behind the walls.

Nicholas Reeves first suspected hidden chambers in Tutankhamun’s tomb following a detailed examination of the  Factum Arte  scans of the artistic works on the walls of the tomb. Reeves noticed fissures that he thought indicated the presence of two sealed doors in the tomb’s north and west walls.

Scans of the north wall of King Tutankhamun's burial chamber have revealed features beneath the intricately decorated plaster (highlighted) a researcher believes may be a hidden door, possibly to the burial chamber of Nefertiti.

Scans of the north wall of King Tutankhamun's burial chamber have revealed features beneath the intricately decorated plaster (highlighted) a researcher believes may be a hidden door, possibly to the burial chamber of Nefertiti. Credit: Factum Arte.

What lies within the secret chamber?

According to Reeves, King Tutankhamun’s tomb was unfinished when he died unexpectedly as a teenager in 1332 BC. Consequently, he was hastily buried in the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, the principal wife of Akhenaten, who is believed to have fathered Tutankhamun with another wife. Reeves believes that Tutankhamun’s tomb displaced part of Nefertiti's tomb and assumed some of her burial goods and space.

However, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities al-Damati believes otherwise. According to Agence France Press, Damati believes that any mummy buried in Tutankhamun’s tomb would be more likely to be Kiya, a wife of the pharaoh Akhenaten.

During his visit, Zaazou said there was also a theory that the chamber would be completely empty. However, he asserted that this has now been proven false. “It is not empty. It is full of treasures,” the minister said [via ABC]. “It will be an historic moment.”

Image showing the location of the two chambers from Dr. Reeves report. The upcoming radar scan will search for their existence.

Image showing the location of the two chambers from Dr. Reeves report. The upcoming radar scan will search for their existence. ( Daily Mail )

Nile Magazine has questioned why Hisham Zaazou would abandon protocol to reveal such massive news prior to the official press announcements, which are due to take place in April.

“Of course, a cynical person could be forgiven for wondering why, in a government that is a stickler for protocol, the Tourism Minister was revealing such massive news rather than the Minister for Antiquities. It does seem remarkable that Mr. Zaazou has been so loose-lipped. Or could it be that the Minister is largely bluffing, hoping for a much-needed tourism boost?” questions Nile Magazine.

“However it is curious that the British Egyptologist who started all this, Nicholas Reeves, is currently in Luxor. Thankfully we don't have to wait all that long to find out. April will be here before we know it.”

Featured image: The stone sarcophagus containing the mummy of King Tut is seen in his underground tomb. Credit: Nasser Nuri.

By April Holloway

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they should start scanning all the pyramids now -- I believe the kings chamber in kufu's pyramid has a questionably block next to sarcophagus. who knows how much stuff we've missed

Bard A Madsen's picture

Texts, now that would be cool. Funny that you say that because it is behind the priest in the leopard outfit, the one with the knowledge. On a forum back when this all came to light I posted speculations on how they would go about getting through the fresco with the least amount of damage and the post got shot down because it was strangely off topic.

When do we get to find the hidden chamber that is the secret library? This has been a favorite of mine since Edgar Cayce said we would find it. It is also mentioned by the Rosicrucians and Masons as being beneath the paws of the Spinx. It is always great to see treasures of the past and learn what they used for everyday life. Finding the hidden library could reconnect us with the knowledge lost with Alexandria. While I love to fantasize about what may be found, there could be the answers for their mysterious technologies and translations of lost languages from vanished civilizations. Of course if there is a Star Gate in the chamber that could help too.

I assume the scan was done about December,
Now they have analysed them, its time to decide what has to be done, not speculate what MIGHT be there
The whole world is waitig to se what there is, if its nothing, we would still like to know

Just to bore a very tiny hole in a non-art covered place would not be hard – a tiny camera on the end of a wire could tell them all they need to know – then they could cut a piece of the wall away just big enough to get thru and keep it on the side to display it – would anyone mind that – surely not ?  If diggers in ancient times did not explore & DIG, we would have never known about a lot of history. 

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