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  • Experts Doubt Claims of 'Hidden Chambers' in King Tut's Tomb

    03/30/2016 11:51:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    LiveScience ^ | March 29, 2016 | Owen Jarus
    Radar experts are casting doubt on claims that King Tutankhamun's tomb contains hidden, undiscovered chambers — and they're calling for more data to be released. At a March 17 newsconference, officials at Egypt's antiquities ministry released radar data that they said showed the presence of hidden cavities inside the tomb of King Tut. The scans, carried out by Japanese radar technologist Hirokatsu Watanabe, "suggest the presence of two empty spaces or cavities beyond the decorated North and West walls of the burial chamber," they said in a statement. The scans also suggest the "presence of metallic and organic substances," and...
  • Scientists Say Egypt is in Denial Over Hidden Rooms in King Tut's Tomb

    05/15/2016 5:22:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 57 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | May 12, 2016 | Erik Shilling
    Scientists said earlier this year that they had found some secret rooms in Tutankhamen's tomb. What could they contain? A popular theory was the tomb of Queen Nefertiti. But other scientists later said that there was good reason to doubt the claims, which were based on scans. Now, the situation has gotten a little bit uglier. A team of radar technicians performed a second, more detailed set of scans on the tomb earlier this year, and sent their results off to Egypt's ministry of antiquities. But the government now has refused to release their findings, and scientists are beginning to...
  • Tut's Life And Death Unmasked

    10/01/2002 7:53:03 AM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 773+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-01-2002 | Kate Botting
    Monday, 30 September, 2002, 20:30 GMT 21:30 UKTut's life and death unmasked British and NZ experts have reconstructed the faceThis is the face behind the famous golden death mask of King Tutankhamun. He lived in very turbulent times and it does seem likely from what the detectives have found out that he was assassinated Scientists and special effects artists in the UK and in New Zealand employed digital techniques normally reserved for crime investigations to reconstruct what the young pharaoh might have looked like. The fibreglass bust has gone on display at London's Science Museum. It was produced to illustrate...
  • Egypt Hopes to Solve Riddle of Tutankhamun Death

    11/14/2004 7:05:30 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 42 replies · 2,961+ views
    Science - Reuters ^ | Sat Nov 13, 2004 | Tom Perry
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt plans to X-ray the mummy of Tutankhamun to find out what killed the king who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago and died while only a teen-ager. Archaeologists will move Tutankhamun's body from its tomb, which was discovered packed with treasure in 1922, to Cairo for tests which should resolve the mystery over whether he died naturally or was murdered. "We will know about any diseases he had, any kind of injuries and his real age," Egyptian antiquities chief Zahi Hawass told Reuters. "We will know the answer to whether he died normally or was...
  • Akhenaten: An Early Egyptian Monotheist

    04/05/2004 8:52:20 PM PDT · by restornu · 30 replies · 796+ views
    M E R I D I A N M A G A Z I N E ^ | By Daniel C. Peterson and William J. Hamblin
    Although monotheism is usually associated with Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, there have, in fact, been a number of other monotheistic religions in world history. Iran, in particular, was a center for monotheistic thought, being home to both Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism. At first glance, ancient Egypt, with its hundreds of exotic gods, would seem the last place for a monotheistic revelation. Yet one of the earliest monotheists known to history was Akhenaten, pharaoh of Egypt from 1352-1336 BC, who perhaps lived in the generation before Moses. Akhenaten was born of royal parents, raised and trained in the religious traditions of Egypt...
  • Has Queen Nefertiti been found behind King Tut's tomb?

    08/11/2015 11:34:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 69 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 10, 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    After analysing high-resolution scans of the walls of Tutankhamun's grave complex in the Valley of the Kings, Dr Reeves spotted what appeared to be a secret entrance. He described how he uncovered the 'ghosts' of two portals that tomb builders blocked up, one of which is believed to be a storage room. The other, on the north side of Tutankhamun's tomb, contains 'the undisturbed burial of the tomb's original owner - Nefertiti', Dr Reeves argued. If Dr Reeves is correct, the hidden tomb could be far more magnificent than anything found in Tutankhamun's burial chamber. He believes it is her...
  • Where Is the Tomb of Queen Nefertiti?

    10/19/2015 10:15:26 PM PDT · by SteveH · 40 replies
    Al-Ahram Weekly ^ | 10/18/2015 | Zahi Hawass
    Any scholar who knows archaeology should discuss his theory in the presence of scholars who know the Valley of the Kings and are working there now. Instead, this theory was analysed by Egyptologists who have never worked in the valley or written a single article on Tutankhamun or his tomb. Reeves has gained a lot of publicity for saying nothing.
  • INTERVIEW: Egypt's antiquities minister speaks on the search for Nefertiti in Tutankhamun’s tomb

    10/05/2015 8:03:38 PM PDT · by SteveH · 6 replies
    ahramonline ^ | 2 October 2015 | Nevine El-Aref
    Ahram Online spoke with Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty regarding an upcoming radar scan of Tutankhamun’s tomb to determine if Queen Nefertiti is buried in a hidden chamber. The theory that Nefertiti may be buried in Tutankhamun’s tomb was introduced by Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves. Ahram Online (AO): What is your opinion about Reeves' theory, and could it be true? Minister: It is a respectable scientific theory that could prove right or wrong, and when examining the west and north walls of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, I realised that all the evidence that Reeves mentioned regarding the existence of hidden chambers is...
  • Egypt approves Radar for Nefertiti Tomb Quest

    09/22/2015 10:03:35 PM PDT · by SteveH · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/22/2015 | Maram Mazen
    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian official says the Antiquities Ministry has given initial approval for the use of non-invasive radar to verify a theory that Queen Nefertiti's crypt may be hidden behind King Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old tomb in the famous Valley of the Kings.
  • Iraq: Small statue of Egyptian pharaoh found

    03/06/2009 7:51:23 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 915+ views
    AllNewsWeb.com ^ | Monday, February 16, 2009 | Michael Cohen
    Archaeologists have discovered a small ancient statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen in Kurdish Northern Iraq. The discovery was made by a team led by noted Iraqi archaeologist Mr Hassan Ahmad in an area known as Dohuq Valley in a place referred to by locals as 'Pharaoh's Palace'. Experts have estimated the age of the statue at around 3500 years old, dating from around 1400 BC. The statue confirms historical data that the ancient Egyptians, during the 'New Kingdom' period, enjoyed warm relations with the Hittite Mitanni Kingdom and often travelled into their territory many hundreds of miles from the...
  • More Than Just a Pretty Face From History

    11/11/2007 8:11:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 102+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 11, 2007 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    The first public showing of the face of the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun, last week, exposed more than cracked, leathery skin and his buckteeth. (Gene Tierney’s overbite was much more fetching.) Archaeologists also detected a new feature, the hint of a Tut smile, transfiguring a regal mummy from antiquity into a human being with emotions perhaps like those of people today. The first reaction of Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s head of antiquities, was unscientific. The face, he said, “has magic; it has mystery; it has beauty.” The search for identifiable affinities, if only a smile, with people long ago may account for...
  • Face of King Tut unshrouded to public

    11/04/2007 7:10:10 AM PST · by Aristotelian · 44 replies · 1,368+ views
    AP ^ | November 4, 2007 | ANNA JOHNSON
    LUXOR, Egypt - The face of King Tut was unshrouded in public for the first time on Sunday — 85 years after the 3,000-year-old boy pharaoh's golden enshrined tomb and mummy were discovered in Luxor's famed Valley of the Kings. Archeologists removed the mummy from his stone sarcophagus in his underground tomb, momentarily pulling aside a white linen covering to reveal a shriveled leathery black face and body. The mummy of the 19-year-old pharaoh, whose life and death has captivated people for nearly a century, was placed in a climate-controlled glass box in the tomb, with only the face and...
  • Cray Supercomputer... Discover Origin Of Mysterious Glass Found In King Tut's Tomb

    08/02/2007 10:47:08 AM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 2,416+ views
    Cray Supercomputer at Sandia Helps Researchers Discover Origin of Mysterious Glass Found in King Tut's Tomb Released : Tuesday, July 31, 2007 7:26 AM Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that researchers running simulations on the Cray supercomputer at Sandia National Laboratories have re-created what could have happened 29 million years ago when an asteroid explosion turned Saharan sand into glass. The greenish natural glass, which can still be found scattered across remote stretches of the desert, was used by an artisan in ancient Egypt to carve a scarab that decorates one of the bejeweled breastplates buried...
  • The world's biggest meteor crater [ Vredefort Dome, South Africa ]

    12/06/2006 10:50:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 1,108+ views
    South Africa Info ^ | Tue, 5 Dec 2006 | Mary Alexander
    Two billion years ago a meteorite 10km in diameter hit the earth about 100km southwest of Johannesburg, creating an enormous impact crater. This area, near Vredefort in the Free State, is now known as the Vredefort Dome... The meteorite, larger than Table Mountain, caused a thousand-megaton blast of energy. The impact would have vaporised about 70 cubic kilometres of rock - and may have increased the earth's oxygen levels to a degree that made the development of multicellular life possible... The original crater, now eroded away, was probably 250 to 300 kilometres in diameter. It was larger than the Sudbury...
  • Tut's gem hints at space impact

    07/20/2006 5:48:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies · 272+ views
    bbc ^ | Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 19:09 GMT 20:09 UK
    In 1996 in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Italian mineralogist Vincenzo de Michele spotted an unusual yellow-green gem in the middle of one of Tutankhamun's necklaces. The jewel was tested and found to be glass, but intriguingly it is older than the earliest Egyptian civilisation. Working with Egyptian geologist Aly Barakat, they traced its origins to unexplained chunks of glass found scattered in the sand in a remote region of the Sahara Desert. But the glass is itself a scientific enigma. How did it get to be there and who or what made it? Thursday's BBC Horizon programme reports an...
  • Mysterious Egyptian Glass Formed By Meteorite Strike, Study Says

    12/22/2006 11:19:39 AM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 1,558+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 12-21-2006 | Stefan Lovgren
    Mysterious Egyptian Glass Formed by Meteorite Strike, Study Says Stefan Lovgren for National Geographic News December 21, 2006 Strange specimens of natural glass found in the Egyptian desert are products of a meteorite slamming into Earth between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago, scientists have concluded. The glass—known locally as Dakhla glass—represents the first clear evidence of a meteorite striking an area populated by humans. At the time of the impact, the Dakhla Oasis, located in the western part of modern-day Egypt, resembled the African savanna and was inhabited by early humans, according to archaeological evidence (see Egypt map.) "This meteorite...
  • King Tut's Necklace Shaped By Fireball

    06/26/2006 4:32:58 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies · 1,742+ views
    The Australian ^ | 6-26-2006
    King Tut's necklace shaped by fireball June 26, 2006 LONDON: Scientists believe they have solved the mystery surrounding a piece of rare natural glass at the centre of an elaborate necklace found among the treasures of Tutankhamun, the boy pharaoh. They think a fragile meteorite broke up as it entered the atmosphere, producing a fireball with temperatures over 1800C that turned the desert sand and rock into molten lava that became glass when it cooled. Experts have puzzled over the origin of the yellow-green glass -- carved into the shape of a scarab beetle -- since it was excavated in...
  • King Tut hit by the curse of the dome

    12/30/2006 9:03:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 425+ views
    Sunday Times ^ | December 24, 2006 | Dipesh Gadher
    Plans for a grand exhibition of the teenage pharaoh's treasures at the venue have been thrown into doubt because Egyptian officials will not allow the artefacts to be displayed next to a proposed casino... "If there is a casino in the dome, I will not send the exhibits to London," declared Zahi Hawass, the secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. "It's insulting. These Egyptian artefacts have dignity and therefore we should keep this dignity. I will never -- [even] if they give us a billion dollars -- show an Egyptian exhibit next door to a casino." ...The venue cost...
  • King Tut Died From Broken Leg, Not Murder, Scientists Conclude

    12/04/2006 6:31:46 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 2,532+ views
    National Geographic Society ^ | 12-1-2006 | Stefan Lovgren
    King Tut Died From Broken Leg, Not Murder, Scientists Conclude Stefan Lovgren for National Geographic News December 1, 2006 King Tut probably died from a broken leg, scientists say, possibly closing one of history's most famous cold cases. A CT scan of King Tutankhamun's mummy has disproved a popular theory that the Egyptian pharaoh was murdered by a blow to the head more than 3,300 years ago. Instead the most likely explanation for the boy king's death at 19 is a thigh fracture that became infected and ultimately fatal, according to an international team of scientists. The team presented its...
  • Study: King Tut Wasn't Bludgeoned to Death

    12/02/2006 9:01:58 AM PST · by aculeus · 31 replies · 840+ views
    Live Science.com ^ | November 27, 2006 | By E.J. Mundell, Health Day Reporter
    Dead men don't tell tales, but dead pharaohs might. CT scans of King Tutankhamun's mummy may put the world's oldest "cold case" to rest, refuting the notion that the ruler's enemies bludgeoned him to death. Instead, a festering leg wound may have led to the boy-king's early demise at 19, more than 3,300 years ago, researchers say. The scans, the first ever performed on an identified royal Egyptian mummy, "finally lay to rest this rather loosely based conjecture about a murder plot. I don't think that anyone who reads the findings as they are written can believe that any longer,"...