Ministry of Antiquities
Antiquities Minister Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty declared that the evidences that the British Scientist “Nicholas Reeves” relied upon using a new technology to which previous generations had no access, to come up with his new archaeological hypothesis might lead us to a phenomenal archaeological discovery that could be similar to that of discovering the Tomb of Tut Ankh Amun itself. The declaration came in the international press conference held yesterday October 1st 2015 at the State Information Service, an event witnessed by a huge number of Egyptologists, scientists, reporters and journalists from all over the world.
Eldamaty pointed out that he agrees with Reeves in his theory concerning the possibility of the presence of some hidden chambers that might embrace the burial of a Royal Lady, probably “Kia” mother of King Tut Ankh Amun or “Merit Aten” wife of “Semenkh ka Re” brother of the Boy King and his successor. Eldamaty expressed his sincere wishes that the rear wall of Tut Ankh Amun’s Tomb might reveal Nefertity’s Tomb as anticipated by Reeves, emphasizing that the Ministry of Antiquities is doing its best to facilitate the work performed by Reeves. He also said that this file will be discussed immediately by the Permanent Committee to take the necessary procedures.
Eldamaty added that actual works inside the Tomb is expected to start within one to three months after studying and deciding which is the best technical procedure to be used in order not cause any harm to the original Tomb.
On the other side, the British Scientist Nicholas Reeves outlined the details of his archaeological hypothesis and the evidences he relied upon yielded by a new technology; the digital scanning of surfaces, which in this instance has revealed the seeming presence of two intact doorways behind the painted decoration of the Burial Chamber’s west and north walls. It looks – according to Reeves – as if one of these doorways may lead to the burial of Nefertity herself. Reeves said that a study of his appeared only 2 months ago under the title “The Burial of Nefertiti” which has taken him almost 18 months to write, test and recheck of evidence.
Within the evidences Reeves displayed came the evidence of the functional piercing of the Tut Ankh Amun’s famous mask ears which indicate that the mask had once carried earrings, a form of jewellery never worn by kings beyond enfancy. Reeves suggests that the famous gold mask had never been intended for Tut Ankh Amun at all. Another evidence is the cartouche that has been altered. Reeves explained that comparison with traces of text inside the King’s four gold canopic coffinettes reveals the woman in question to have been Nefertity – the original owner of as much as 80% of Tut Ankh Amun’s burial furniture.
Reeves finally added in his speech that the old story of Nefertity being dead before Akhenaten and was buried at El-Amarna appears now to be mistaken: she “disappears” from the records simply because she changed her name to be a junior ruler alongside Akhenaten and then, after his death, to the role of fully independent pharaoh with the name Smenkhkare. Tut Ankh Amun’s Tomb was first prepared - according to Reeves – for Nefertity but the plan was changed after the sudden death of the Boy King. The external parts of Nefertity’s tomb were redeveloped to be used as a tomb for the Boy King. Therefore, all indications point out that Nefertity’s burial actually lie beyond the north wall of Tut Ankh Amun’s Tomb.
(c) Ministry of Antiquities, Press Office
wrote : Gehad Elrawy
Translated by: Eman Hossni