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Tutankhamun Tomb Revealed To Contain Two Hidden Rooms

Now to find out what's inside...

17/03/2016 11:39 GMT | Updated 17/03/2016 12:40 GMT

Two hidden rooms have been discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamen - and the contents could be very exciting.

In a news conference Thursday in Cairo, Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty says analysis of scans of the tomb showed hidden chambers which could contain metal or organic matter.

He added that would be scanned again at the end of the month, the Associated Press reported.

The discovery could shine new light on one of ancient Egypt's most turbulent times, and one prominent researcher has theorised that the remains of Queen Nefertiti might be inside.

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Two hidden chambers have been discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamun

El-Damaty said he thinks the new chambers could contain the tomb of a member of Tutankahmun's family, but wouldn't speculate on Nefertiti - who was one of the wives of the Boy King’s father, the Pharoah Akhenaten, but is not believed to be his mother.

The tomb in Luxor, Egypt, was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter and George Herbert (Lord Carnarvon) and the news hit front pages around the world.

Despite rumours of a curse upon the tomb - fuelled by Carnarvon’s untimely death, followed by a number of other demises - the chamber and its contents continue to fascinate many to this day.

Concerned that the volume of visitors to the burial chamber was resulting in damage, Egyptian archaeology experts built an exact replica of the tomb to safeguard the original.

While both are currently open to the public, the plan is to ultimately close the original to preserve it.

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