Archaeologists have stumbled upon two strange anomalies in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings saying they may have detected at least two previously unknown chambers near the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
Italian researchers have found two anomalies in the Valley of the Kings, the necropolis where the pharaohs of the New Kingdom lie, including the tomb of ancient Egypt’s most famous pharaoh Tutankhamun.
Led by Francesco Porcelli of the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy, the team of researchers carried out a geophysical survey, a non-invasive exploration method that allows them to see what lies beneath the surface.
The result was the finding of two anomalies that, although not connected to the tomb of Tutankhamun, are located a few meters away from it and have the same north to south alignment, researchers revealed in a new study.
Porcelli and his colleagues explain in a paper published the Journal of Cultural Heritage, that the anomalies “are particularly interesting in that they do not appear to be correlated with known underground cavities.”
According to researchers, there’s still no clue whether the first anomaly is a man-made cavity or a natural occurrence. However, if indeed man-made, it could be a structure that dates back a few millennia where it has remained undisturbed, safe from looters.
The first anomaly is located around 12 meters from King Tut’s burial chamber, and roughly on the same north-south alignment.
However, researchers say it is higher than its ceiling. It may even be of similar size to Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Scientists explain that the second anomaly, which most likely is another void, is a strangle-shaped “elongated ellipsoid.” It is located in the proximity of previous archeological excavations, and experts say if it is man-made, it may not be that ancient. It is located among two hills of the Valley and the entrance to Tutankhamun’s tomb reports the Art Newspaper.
“The valley has not been completely excavated,” revealed Chris Naunton, an Egyptologist and author of the book Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt, “even in the area around the tomb of Tutankhamun, which we know was in use around the late 18th Dynasty” (1549-1298 BC).
Archaeologists have so far excavated sixty-four tombs in the Valley of the Kings, but not all of them turned out to be majestic Pharaonic burial chambers. Some of these chambers were left undecorated and were most likely gifted to royal family members, or even used as storage rooms for embalming materials.
To understand more about the tombs, more studies will be needed, Porcelli and his colleagues explain.
“There will be no shortage of wow factor should anything be found,” explains Naunto.