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Archaeologists May Have Found The Tomb Of King Tut's Wife

Tutankhamun is one of the most famous and recognizable pharoahs in history. He reigned from 1332‒1323 BCE, before dying at 19 years old. During his brief time as pharoah, he married Ankhesenamun, his half-sister. After Tutankhamun died, Ankhesenamun went on to marry his successor, the pharoah Ay. So far, so Game of Thrones.

However, there is a mystery surrounding how Ankhesenamun died. Despite marrying two pharoahs, she fell off the historical records shortly after marrying her second husband. Her fate has been unknown ever since.

Now a team of archaelogists say they think they may have found her tomb.

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Zahi Hawass is a prominent archeologist in Egypt. Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons.

Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, pictured above with former President Barack Obama, hopes to excavate the newly discovered tomb. As Live Science reports, the tomb could belong to the wife of Tutankhamun (commonly known as King Tut), near the tomb of the pharoah Ay. 

The Valley of the Kings, where the tomb was found, is an area on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt, where a number of royal tombs are located, as well as burial chambers for nobles. It’s where King Tut himself was entombed, as well as Ay, so it would make sense if King Tut’s wife, Ankhesenamun, was buried there.

At the moment, Hawass is unsure whether the newly discovered tomb does belong to Ankhesenamun, but he will hopefully get further clues once they excavate. So far, the team has found four foundation deposits that indicate such a tomb exists.

“The ancient Egyptians usually did four or five foundation deposits whenever they started a tomb’s construction,” he added. Also “the radar did detect a substructure that could be the entrance of a tomb.”

However, until excavations begin, it’s possible there is no tomb. “It is all possibilities until we excavate,” he said.

Hawass will be in charge of future excavations at the site to determine whether there is indeed a tomb and whether it really does belong to Ankhesenamun. 

[H/T: Live Science]

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