13 May 2016
We must remove Egyptology from the current class of Egyptian archeologists in order to get to the truth. (See next post.)
Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said on Sunday new technology is needed to determine whether Tutankhamun’s tomb contains hidden chambers which a British archaeologist believes may hide queen Nefertiti’s remains.
Anani spoke to archaeologists and reporters at a conference in Cairo dedicated to King Tutankhamun and his world-famous golden funerary mask.
The mood at Sunday’s conference was sceptical months after former minister Mamduh Damati said the secret chambers probably existed, raising expectations of another historical find.
Damati inspected the tomb last September with the theory’s proponent, British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves.
His theory and the attention paid to it came as Egypt struggles to revive its key tourism industry after years of political turmoil.
However, experts disagreed on Sunday over how the search for the chambers was handled.
“Handling the project wasn’t done scientifically at all,” said former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass.
Damati himself said more tests were needed.
“The infrared scan said we need to repeat it because we have something that we cannot be sure what it is exactly,” he said.
Damati had said in March that there was a “90 percent chance” that the tomb had two hidden chambers containing organic material.
It’s so bad it’s good. Perhaps the musicians imbibed too much French wine? Too funny.
A peculiar temperature difference is detected within the Great Pyramid, suggesting a cavity may lie inside.
A striking anomaly has been detected on the eastern side of the Great Pyramid at Giza, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said on Monday.
The announcement comes at the end of a two-week project to scan Egypt’s main pyramids in order to identify the presence of unknown internal structures and cavities.
Called Scan Pyramids, the study is in its first stage and is carried out by a team from Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering and the Paris-based organization Heritage, Innovation and Preservation under the authority of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.