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. Large-scale excavations in the valley of the Kings, the purpose of which was to find traces of the tomb of Ankhesenamun, daughter to Nefertiti and wife of Tutankhamun, yet failed, according to LiveScience.
«While we do not managed to open in the Western part of the Valley of the Kings, but this does not mean that we have finished our work. Now we are digging without the use of radars and other instruments – my experience with radars shows that they will never find anything significant in Egypt,» said Zahi Hawass, a famous Egyptian archaeologist and former Minister of antiquities.
Pharaoh Amenhotep, his wife Nefertiti and his son Tutankhamun is considered one of the most striking and interesting of the rulers of Ancient Egypt, the New Kingdom. Amenhotep was one of the first in the history of Earth’s religious reforms, attempting to replace the traditional gods of Egypt and their powerful priests of the cult of Sun worship. Nefertiti was considered the standard of beauty the Bronze age, and Tutankhamun attracted the attention of scientists and the public with his mysterious death at the age of 20 years old and untouched «cursed» tomb.
In addition to the reasons and history of death of Tutankhamun, archaeologists and Egyptologists are now actively arguing about where he was buried with his wife Ankhesenamun, daughter of Nefertiti and Amenhotep, who was his sister on the paternal side. In the Pharaoh’s tomb were found several mummies of women and girls, one of whom is his daughter, and the second can be as Ankhesenamun and another sister.
Ankhesenamun endured Tutankhamun’s rule and after his death a few years, married to former Supreme Advisor of the Pharaoh, ay, a priest of the God Amun. For this reason, many Egyptologists believe that the Queen was buried separately from her first husband, in another tomb in the valley of the Kings. Since her mummy has never been found, the debate about her grave continues to this day.
Last summer, Hawass announced that his team managed to find the alleged entrance to the tomb of Ankhesenamun, located deep underground near the tomb of ay. He promised to personally lead the excavation and to prove that this is true. Other scientists are skeptical about the statements Hawass and suggested to wait for official data from the Ministry of antiquities of Egypt, in charge of all excavations in the country.
Having a similar resolution earlier this year, Hawass and his team began excavations near the tomb of ay, at the point where the radar found a suspicious «zone of emptiness». They were so confident of success that he had invited the crew of the Discovery channel to join the search of the tomb. Prokopov a few meters, archaeologists found the entrance to the tomb and found no hints that this part of the Valley of the Kings may be hiding another camera.
Soon Hawass has promised to continue the excavations, which will be conducted using the «classical» methods of archaeology. As noted by the archaeologist, he remains confident that Ankhesenamun tomb located near the tomb of her second husband, and resides there, where he performed a scan of the soil.