Tutankhamun’s tomb
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A SECOND burial chamber isn't hiding in the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun after all.

Three years ago, Egyptologists noticed faint lines on the north and west walls of Tutankhamun's burial chamber, pictured below, that suggested there might be a room concealed behind it. Other studies found temperature anomalies in the walls, which seemed to mark hidden doorways.

Some archaeologists hoped this apparent chamber might be the burial place of Queen Nefertiti, a wife of Tutankhamun's father. Now, three teams have used different frequencies of ground-penetrating radar to search the pharaoh's burial chamber and found no secret rooms, passages or doorways. They presented their research on 6 May at the fourth International Tutankhamun Conference in Cairo, Egypt.

When the teams combined their data, they concluded that there were no empty spaces beyond the pharaoh's tomb for at least 4 metres.

This article appears in print under the headline "No secret chamber in King Tut's tomb"