Oct 01, 2015 06:00 AM EDT

King Tut's Tomb: What Mystery Do Newly Discovered Secret Doors Reveal? Will They Lead To Tomb Of Queen Nefertiti?


King Tut’s tomb to this day continues to hold mysteries that fascinates and captivates people around the world.

Recently, high-resolution photographs of King Tut’s tomb exposed several highly interesting unnatural features — “very, very straight line which are 90 degrees to the ground” and located in such a way that it corresponded with similar features within the highly famed Egyptian tomb. This revelation was believed to be the newly discovered secret doors which might solve a mystery.

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves theorized that the doors lead to Queen Nefertiti’s tomb. It would seem King Tut’s tomb may hold hidden chambers, supporting the latest proposal that the 3,300 year-old pharaonic mausoleum was the burial grounds of a queen.

Reeves who postulated that King Tut’s tomb was originally the tomb of Queen Nefertiti wherein the 19-year-old Tutankhamun has been hastily buried was accompanied by Egypt’s Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty who stated he will exhaust efforts for a radar inspection for final approval of King Tut’s tomb. CBS News has learned the minister and the British Egyptologist were touring the Valley of the Kings in Luxor where Tutankhamun’s burial sites as well as those of the pharaohs were located.

Reeves also said that the secret doors concealed by the plastered wall could perhaps lead to the tomb of Nefertiti, who was legendary for her beauty. Queen Nefertiti was the first wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten, who was believed to be Tutankhamun’s father. She was also the subject of a grand 3,300 year-old bust. The British Egyptologist further argued that King Tut’s tomb suggested it was not built for a king but rather for a queen.

However, Minister el-Damaty disclosed he agreed with Reeves that there’s a mystery behind the plastered walls, but, if anyone might be buried in there, it would most likely be as to who some Egyptologist believed to be King Tut’s mother, Kia.

In the meantime, according to National Geographic, an archaeologist at Pacific Lutheran University, Donald P. Ryan, praised Nicholas Reeves for his cleverness and creativity in re-examining materials about King Tut’s tomb. Ryan was referring to the time when Reeves visited Cairo’s Egyptian Museum and simply looked hard at Tutankhamun’s golden funerary mask — one of Earth’s most famous artifacts. “Reeves made a brilliant argument that the face mask of Tutankhamun was originally made for a woman,” Ryan stated.

For his part, Reeves arrived at a conclusion that King Tut’s tomb has an estimated 80 percent of burial equipment made for somebody else, particularly a woman. He believed that the woman in question was Queen Nefertiti, who changed her name and ruled as pharaoh under the name Smenkhkare following Pharaoh Akhenaten — a cryptic figure who has been debated by Egyptologist.

Meanwhile, it has been reported by National Geographic that King Tut was the product of a union among siblings. This may be the reason why he was afflicted with a congenital clubfoot and prevented him from having an heir with his wife, assumed to be his half-sister, Ankhesenamun, Pharaoh Akhenaten’s daughter.

Are you curious about King Tut’s tomb and the mysteries it holds as well as Queen Nefertiti? Comment below.

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