Egypt begins King Tut's tomb exploration, searching for Queen Nefertiti's mausoleum

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CAIRO — Egypt's antiquities ministry says exploration has begun inside King Tutankhamun's 3,300 year-old tomb in the search for hidden chambers that an Egyptologist believes could include Queen Nefertiti.

The ministry said Thursday the search would last three days. Results are to be announced Saturday in Luxor, the southern Egyptian city that served as the pharaonic capital in ancient times.

Egypt's Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said in September he was convinced a hidden chamber may lie hidden behind King Tut's final resting place.

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, who toured the tomb with el-Damaty in September, theorized that Tutankhamun, who died at the age of 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was Nefertiti's tomb.

Nefertiti was known for her beauty and the subject of a famous 3,300-year-old bust.

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