On April 2, a new series of radar scans will be performed on King Tutankhamun’s tomb to search for hidden chambers that may contain an undiscovered royal burial, Egypt’s antiquities ministry has announced.
The announcement comes after stories were published in numerous media outlets last week claiming that Egypt’s tourism minister, Hisham Zazou, had told the Spanish news outlet ABC that the chambers had been proven to exist and contain numerous treasures.
“The Ministry of Antiquities has not issued any statement concerning the results that have been reached so far,” the ministry said in a statement released to Live Science. “Further radar examinations will be performed on April 2, and a press conference will be held afterwards to announce the results of the scan.”
Last year, University of Arizona Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves published findings suggesting that there are hidden chambers behind a wall in Tutankhamun’s tomb. These chambers, he believes, hold the burial of Queen Nefertiti, the wife of Akhenaten, a pharaoh who was Tutankhamun’s father.
“We could be faced, for the first time in recent history, with the intact burial of an Egyptian pharaoh in the Valley of the Kings,” Reeves told Live Science last year.