THE search for hidden rooms behind the painted walls of King Tutankhamun's tomb will resume this month, with a new radar survey of his burial chamber.
A team of Italian researchers from the Polytechnic University of Turin will use new radar technology capable of peering up to 10m into solid rock.
An initial scan was initially met with excitement by Egypt's ministry of antiquities. It revealed a '90% chance' there were further chambers yet to be discovered, officials declared.
Egypt's tourism minister went even further: "We do not know if the burial chamber is Nefertiti or another woman, but it is full of treasures. It will be a 'Big Bang' - the discovery of the 21st century.”
But follow-up scans conducted by the National Geographic Society failed to confirm the existence of any chambers.
The hunt for evidence of up to two concealed doorways was sparked in 2015 when Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves published an analysis of 3D laser-scanned photos of the tomb's 3300-year-old wall paintings.
He says the images reveal two inconsistencies in the plasterwork, indicating the presence of hidden passages.
The new investigation hopes to determine once and for all if Reeves' idea of hidden rooms is real.
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