This awesomely historic photo shows the unbroken seal on the ancient Egyptian tomb of a young pharaoh named Tutankhamun, aka King Tut, exactly as it appeared when it was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter and George Herbert, untouched for 3,245 years.

Behind those doors waited one of the best preserved Egyptian tombs that has ever been discovered, the most complete ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found. The relics found within are among the most traveled artifacts in the world.

As Jon Manchip White writes, in his foreword to the 1977 edition of Carter’s The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun, “The pharaoh who in life was one of the least esteemed of Egypt’s Pharoahs has become in death the most renowned.”

Today it seems everyone knows something about King Tut, in fact we’re still learning more about him today. But when this photo was taken in 1922, no living soul had ever heard of Tutankhamun (let alone dressed up their dog like him for Halloween), and this marvelous tomb hadn’t been touched for over 3,000 years. What an awesome moment.

Photograph by Harry Burton, Griffith Institute, Oxford, 1923

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King Tut tomb scans show '90 percent' chance of hidden room

LUXOR , Egypt, Nov. 28 (UPI) – Egyptian officials said Saturday there is a 90 percent chance there is a hidden chamber inside King Tutankhamen’s tomb, a find that could be one of the biggest Egyptian archaeological discoveries in decades.

Radar and thermal imaging equipment “strongly indicates the existence of a new burial chamber” behind the north wall of the tomb, possibly behind two hidden doorways, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty said Saturday.

“We said earlier there was a 60 percent chance there is something behind the walls. But now after the initial reading of the scans, we are saying now it’s 90 percent likely there is something behind the walls,” Eldamaty said at a press conference. Read more.

Experts Confident that Hidden Chamber in King Tut’s Tomb Belongs to Nefertiti

Archaeologist Nicolas Reeves and the Egyptian Antiquities Minister are “ninety percent confident” that a hidden chamber in the tomb of King Tutankhamun is the resting place of the famous Queen Nefertiti. 

Queen Nefertiti was the queen of the controversial Pharaoh Akhenaten.  She enjoyed exceptionally more power and privilege than the typical Egyptian queen, ruling as co-regent with her husband.  It is even speculated by some experts that she might have outlived her husband and independently ruled Egypt under a different name. Her strikingly beautiful bust, which is on display in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, is one of the most iconic Ancient Egyptian artifacts ever found. 

Reeves said that he has sent additional data to Japan for further study.  If his suspicions are correct, the tomb could be one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 21st century. 

Reeves published his claims on the tomb in an online article in August 2015. You can read his article here.

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update: Official says Egypt approves radar for Nefertiti tomb quest

The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry granted preliminary approval for the use of a non-invasive radar to verify a theory that Queen Nefertiti’s crypt may be hidden behind King Tutankhamun’s 3,300-year-old tomb in the famous Valley of the Kings, a ministry official said Tuesday.

A security clearance for the radar’s use will probably be obtained within a month, said Mouchira Moussa, media consultant to Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty.

“It’s not going to cause any damage to the monument,” Moussa said.

Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves recently published his theory, but it has yet to be peer-reviewed. He believes that Tutankhamun, who died at the age of 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally the tomb of Nefertiti, which has never been found. Read more.

Press Announcement: Radar Scans Reveal Hidden Chamber in Tutankhamun Tomb with 90 Percent Certainty

A press conference held this morning in Luxor with Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty revealed the results of a three-day operation to scan behind the walls in the burial chamber of Tutankhamun. The official investigations 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 show that “it’s 90 per cent likely there is something behind the walls”.

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