The tomb of Nefertiti, an Egyptian queen and the wife of Akhenaten who fathered Tutankhamun with a different woman, may have been found. The theory was sparked with the recent discovery by British Egyptologist, Nicholas Reeves, of two doorways inside Tutankhamun’s tomb on Monday.
Reeves believes that one of these doorways leads to where Nefertiti was buried, including all her riches and belongings. The hidden tomb may have remained untouched by ancient robbers and archaeologists until this very day.
“I think that that blocking, that part with the painting, has not been disturbed,” Reeves said pertaining to one of the doorways. “Whatever is behind it is the burial of the person shown. And that person looks to be Nefertiti,” Reeves said as reported by the National Geographic.
Egypt’s antiquities minister, Mamdouh Eldamaty, confirmed the discovery of the two doorways. “This indicates that the western and northern walls of Tutankhamun’s tom could hide two burial chambers,” Eldamaty told Ahram Online.
While Eldamaty agreed with Reeves that the doors are passages to hidden chambers, he does not believe that any one of those belongs to Nefertiti. The antiquities minister believed Nefertiti is buried in Tel Al-Amaran, the ancient capital of Akhenaten’s kingdom.
A further examination to be conducted with radar equipment and thermal imaging will take place soon, Eldamaty said. If thermal scans prove there are more artifacts behind the two newly discovered doors, Eldamaty will be faced with the daunting task of deciding whether to proceed with the excavation behind the doors. One of the doorways is covered with equally historical and precious wall painting.