CAIRO - 21 February 2019: Prominent archaeologist Zahi Hawass denied the information included in the documentary entitled "King Tut: the Forgotten Treasure", claiming that the tomb of the Golden King belonged to Tut’s sister; Merit Aten.
“The information stated in the documentary is incorrect,” Hawass stressed, adding that all the details shown around the tomb affirm that King Tut’s only son was buried there after King Tut suddenly died while hunting wild animals.
“If we look at the scenes in the cemetery, we will notice that they were done by one artist, where the two tombs bear a painting of 12 monkeys, and thus the Valley of the Kings is actually named the Valley of the monkeys,” stated Hawass to Youm7.
Hawass confirmed that there is no scientific evidence that the tomb of King Tutankhamen was for his sister as all the queens are buried on the Eastern Bank of the Valley of the Kings.
The veteran archaeologist pointed out that what was revealed during the documentary about finding a piece inside the cemetery not belonging to King Tutankhamen is normal, as the workshop in Tal el-Amarna did not only manufacture Akhenaton’s possessions, but also the possessions of Tut Nefertiti. Thus, many pieces were placed in the tomb of the Golden King that did not necessarily belong to him.
Hawass finally stated that archaeological elements cannot be judged by the naked eye. Rigorous scientific researches should be made in order to reveal the correct information.