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Scans reveal high chance of secret chamber as search continues for Nefertiti's tomb

Some archaeologists believe Nefertiti's mummy was found in 1898 Credit: Reuters

A British archaeologist has said there is a 90% chance the tomb of Tutankhamun contains a hidden chamber which is the last resting place of Queen Nefertiti.

Dr Nicholas Reeves believes King Tut, who died at the age of 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti's tomb.

Speaking at a joint news conference in Egypt with Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty, Dr Reeves said further investigations would be carried out after initial scans showed the chances were high that a chamber existed.

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves Credit: Reuters

Mr al-Damaty said: "We said earlier there was a 60% chance there is something behind the walls. But now after the initial reading of the scans, we are saying now its 90% percent likely."

Some archaeologists have urged caution citing insufficient evidence while others believe Nefertiti's mummy was found in 1898 and already lies in the Egyptian Museum.

Nefertiti, whose chiseled cheekbones and regal beauty were immortalized in a 3,300-year old bust now in a Berlin museum, died in the 14th century BC.