Further analysis is needed of the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamun to determine if the resting place also contains the remains of legendary beauty Queen Nefertiti, antiquities minister said Thursday.
Khaled al-Anani appeared to dim some of the optimism surrounding the tomb in the ancient necropolis of Luxor after his predecessor said this month that there was a “90 percent chance” of two hidden chambers possibly containing organic material at the site.
He was speaking as new radar tests were carried out on the mausoleum. Results are expected on Friday.
Anani said Thursday that analysis would determine the thickness of a possible wall behind the funerary chamber.
He added that if the latest scan revealed further evidence of a hidden room, a small hole could be bored through a wall and a camera inserted to discover what lay behind.