If you worked hard at school you’ll know all about Howard Carter discovering the tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun in 1922. One of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made, it seems that the tomb still has more to offer nearly 100 years after it was originally opened.
So what’s the news that has mummy-lovers jumping on the first flight to Cairo? Well it turns out that there are actually rooms hidden behind the walls of the burial chamber. Touted as the “biggest discovery of the 21st century”, it’s easy to see why there is serious hype surrounding this.
Discovered by scans, these new rooms have been untouched by human hands for 3,000 (but I imagine lots of spiders have crawled around in there). While nobody has entered yet, it is believed that the rooms contain metal and organic material – sure signs that there could be a mummy hidden inside.
As you can imagine the Egyptian government are pretty excited, especially with their tourist industry struggling as it is. In a news conference in Cairo on Thursday, Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said that the chambers will be scanned again at the end of the month – where more will be known about the goodies stashed inside the tomb.
“We can say more than 90 percent that the chambers are there,” he announced. “But I never start the next step until I’m 100 percent.”
The thought at the moment is that a member of Tutankhamun’s family could be resting in one of these rooms, though nobody is getting too excited yet. It is believed that the legendary Queen Nefertiti was Tutankhamun’s mother, but so far there have been only whispers that she could be laying in her son’s tomb.
With all sorts of press now clamouring to report of the potential discovery of Nefertiti, nobody is getting their hopes up just yet. If it is her however, it could be the biggest find of the 21st Century. What with all the unrest in the Arab world, it’s more important than ever that tourism flourishes, sadly though these scenes are exactly why people are currently avoiding places like Egypt and Tunisia.
Fingers crossed we can continue covering positive stories about Egypt, rather than constantly talking about the horrors of ISIS and terrorist attacks.