The latest radar scans conducted inside King Tutankhamun's tomb in Luxor's Valley of the Kings have revealed that there is a 90 percent chance a hidden chamber lies inside the tomb.
Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh El Damaty announced Saturday at a Luxor press conference that the preliminary results of the scans conducted last week indicated the presence of an empty space behind the northern wall of the tomb, which points to an undiscovered burial chamber.
These results provide new evidence supporting British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves' theory that Queen Nefertiti's never-found tomb lies in a hidden chamber inside the final resting place of the boy king.
The radar and infrared scans from inside the tomb will be analyzed by a Japanese expert for a month before a plan is decided for how to proceed, according to an Antiquities Ministry statement .
Reeves has been working side by side with international and Egyptian experts and the ministry to investigate the tomb after his intriguing theory became the subject of international headlines, which saw him invited to Egypt to discuss his ideas.
"Clearly it does look from the radar evidence as if the tomb continues, as I have predicted. The radar, behind the north wall [of Tutankhamun's burial chamber] seems pretty clear," Reeves said at the press conference, according to AFP .
"If I am right it is a continuation [corridor continuation] of the tomb, which will end in another burial chamber. It does look indeed as if the tomb of Tutankhamun is a corridor tomb and it continues beyond the decorated burial chamber. I think it is Nefertiti and all the evidence points in that direction."
While many Egyptologists have voiced strong doubts about the validity of Reeves' theory, it does explain many unsolved mysteries about the famous tomb and the equally mysterious life and death of its occupant.
One of the main mysteries is the fact that Tut's tomb is much smaller than what an ancient Egyptian king's tomb is supposed to be, which Reeves believes is because the tomb originally belonged to Nefertiti and the outer burial chamber was later prepared for Tut in a rush due to his untimely death.
If Nefertiti's tomb is found in Tutankhamun's tomb, it could become the biggest and most monumental archaeological discovery of this century.