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Modern technology and revealing of the secrets of King Tutankhamun

Most recently, researchers used infrared thermography and radar scanning technologies to see through the wall without damaging the tomb. “There are all these different kinds of radar and imaging sources that are being used to see if [the researchers] can penetrate the rock without actually breaking anything down and image what is behind it”.

“These technologies send waves through the stone that change depending on what they hit before they bounce back”. Researchers are investigating a theory by British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, speculating that chambers hidden behind a wall painting in Tutankhamun's tomb could contain the tomb of Queen Nefertiti.

“According to the kind of waves that they have recorded,” “they feel that they have been successful in identifying different materials in the void behind the wall. 

While this theory has yet to be verified, researchers are using an array of different technologies to explore what might lay hidden in Tutankhamun's tomb.

Other technologies were adapted from medicine. CT scanning and radiography are used “for mummies and to see through objects to determine the history and biography of an object from a restoration standpoint” while XRF (x-ray fluorescence) allows researchers “to find out what different paints are made of and what kinds of materials are used.” King Tut's face was reimagined in new 3D reconstruction. 

“The results of a CT scan done on King Tutankhamun's mummy indicate the boy king was not murdered, but may have suffered a badly broken leg shortly before his death at age 19 - a wound that could have become infected”, Egypt's top archaeologist said today.

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