Zahi Hawass (back, 3rd L), head of the High Council for Antiquities, supervises the removal of the mummy of King Tutankhamen from his stone sarcophagus in his underground tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor in this November 4, 2007 file photo. REUTER
CAIRO – 6 May 2018: After months of research and studies, the scientific missions at the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy, concluded that there are no chambers or rooms behind the walls of King Tutankhamen's tomb.
MostafaWaziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that head of the mission, Francisco Porcella,announced the results of the studies and researches that were carried out by his scientific research team in a lecture at the Fourth International Tutankhamen's Conference on Sunday May 6.
Waziri added that the scientific report submitted by Porcella to the Ministry of Antiquities pointedout that the studies showed that there were no rooms at the tomb which contradicted the theory that assumed the presence of corridors or adjacent rooms inside the king’s tomb.
The results of a Ground Penetrating radar, GPR, conducted by a Japanese and American scientific mission in 2015 and 2016,and supported by British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves's theory in 2015, which states that there was a chamber which belonged to Queen Nefertiti behind Tut’s tomb led to a huge controversy among Egyptologists in Egypt and the world.
The ministry discussed this whole matter in the second International Tutankhamen’s Conference in May 2016. This conference was attended by archeologists from Egypt and the world; they decided to carry out a third radar survey with different advanced scientific techniques to resolve the debate and to verify the validity of the theory before taking any actions.