The year of 2015 was a year of excitement and promise for the archeological community. The news that Tutankhamun’s tomb could contain hidden chambers possibly containing the remains and riches of Queen Nefertiti intrigued onlookers. The world eagerly watched as the evidence continued to coalesce at Luxor in upper Egypt – much like the climactic building of an Indiana Jones film. This story seemed to have it all: hidden chambers, forgotten treasure, a lost monarch, and opportunity for Egypt’s ailing tourism industry.
There exists only one issue. The prospect of discovery now seems to be fallacious, as the Egyptian government is working tirelessly to promote this discovery as a hoax. However, members of the scientific community are explaining that the evidence, based on new research, is being suppressed by the government in Cairo. Egypt is no stranger to the suppression of evidence, data, and archaeological efforts and the esoteric necropolis has been the stage for scandal after scandal in recent years.
Readers may recall the explosion of coverage in late 2015 of the possible secret chamber held within the walls of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Early radar scans have presented compelling data that led the then minister of antiquities, Mamdouh Eldamaty, to explain that he was “90% positive” of the existence of an unexplored chamber. This reinforced British Egyptologist, Richard Reeves, to further develop his theory of the tomb having been the intact burial site of Nefertiti – the mother of Tutankhamun and the wife to the enigmatic pharaoh, Akhenaten.
The ministry has not revealed their findings of the research within Tutankhamun’s tomb, thus raising suspicions that they disprove the original claim and triggering political infighting in Cairo. Eldamaty was replaced in March.
The archeological efforts seemed to advance with a ferocity and without any issues. Those who have followed the uniformitarian reign of Dr. Zahi Hawass will recall the droves of issues and scandals encountered by research teams seeking to explore theories that were not synonymous with the views of Hawass.
We reached out to Ancient Egypt researcher, Robert Bauval, for a statement. He explained: “This type of behavior by Zahi Hawass is well known. He has been responsible for blocking many promising explorations and potential discoveries during his tenure. The official reason given is usually that the project is not “scientific” and that it will cause physical damage to the ancient monument. The personal reason, however, is partly that Hawass wants to claim the discoveries for himself. Many discoveries that others made in the past were “taken over” by Hawass, particularly the 1993 discovery of the “door” in one of the starshafts of the Great Pyramid by the German engineer Rudolf Gantenbrink. There is, too, a financial motive that plays in such matters. The hidden agenda is to milk as many dollars as you can get from the discovery through payments and “gifts” made by large television channel who are promised exclusivity to make big buck documentaries. This was often the case between Hawass and the National Geographic Channel, so much so that it eventually provoked the US Department of Justice in 2013 to open a criminal investigation against NatGeo for possible bribery deals with Hawass. It is now very disturbing and sad that the same thing might also happen with the exploration and potential discoveries in King Tut’s tomb.”
Where does this leave us with regards to the efforts to explore the hidden chamber located within Tutankhamun’s tomb? Will the world watch as Nefertiti’s burial chamber is opened for the first time in over 3,300 years? It is truly unfortunate that the political chokehold of uniformitarian views continues to influence research in Egypt. It is our hope that the political rabble-rousing will come to an end, thus allowing research to progress.
About the Author: Andrew is the founder and editor in chief of Lost Origins. He is also the host of the radio show that falls under the same moniker. Andrew has been researching ancient mysteries, alternative historical theories, and lost civilizations for over fifteen years and founded Lost Origins to provide a sounding board for authors and researchers to share their theories and concepts with the world. Andrew is currently working to complete two manuscripts that explore several ancient mysteries. He lives in Denver with his family.