Scan of Tut's Tomb Shows Hidden Rooms

Scan of Tut's Tomb Shows Hidden Rooms

CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty says analysis of scans of famed King Tut's burial chamber has revealed two hidden rooms that could contain metal or organic material.

In a news conference Thursday in Cairo, he says that the Japanese analysis showed chambers that would be scanned again at the end of the month. The discovery could shine new light on one of ancient Egypt's most turbulent times, and one prominent researcher has theorized that the remains of Queen Nefertiti might be inside.

El-Damaty said he thinks the new chambers could contain the tomb of a member of Tutankhmun's family, but wouldn't speculate on Nefertiti — who was one of the wives of Tutankhmun's father, the Pharoah Akhenaten, but is not believed to be his mother.

(KA)