Last chariot of King Tutankhamun moved to new Grand Egyptian Museum

The Colossal statue of King Ramses II being moved to the GEM in January 2018

The Colossal statue of King Ramses II being moved to the GEM in January 2018

Experts used ground penetrating radar (GPR) to arrive at the "conclusive evidence", the ministry said in a statement.

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves of the University of Arizona announced that features on the wall of the chamber in which the pharaoh was interred showed evidence of once being a doorway.

The most exciting hypothesis was that it could be the missing remains of one of the most famous queens of ancient Egypt - Tutankhamun's stepmother, Nefertiti.

Reeves theorized that the hidden chamber might contain the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, the wife of Tutankhamen's father, the pharaoh Akhenaten.

The theory held that when the boy king died unexpectedly at a young age, he was rushed into the outer chamber of the tomb in southern Egypt. The mystery surrounding her makes the discovery of her lost tomb, which could provide DNA and answers to unresolved questions, all the more appealing to Egyptologists worldwide.

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Previous scans of the north wall of King Tutankhamun's burial chamber indicated features beneath the intricately decorated plaster (highlighted) a researcher believes may be a hidden door, possibly to the burial chamber of Nefertiti.

Scans conducted by Japanese radar specialist Hirokatsu Watanabe in early 2016 seemed to confirm this. Initially the findings were supported by a former Egyptian minister of the antiquities, but this drew criticism from many experts. A new Minister of antiquities convened a conference that ' chose to conduct a third GPR analysis to put an end to the debate' .

Completing a collection of 5,200 Tutankhamun artefacts, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence has offered the Ministry of Antiquities the sixth and last chariot of the boy king. Nefertiti was King Tut's mother and her burial location has yet to be found.

The somber news was presented at the fourth International Tutankhamun Conference in Cairo, which was attended by Egyptogists and archaeologists from all over the world.

Top image: Sarcophagus of Tutankhamun double image.