Has Tutankhamun's wife finally been found?

3,300-year-old tomb discovered in Egypt


Archaeologists believe they may have uncovered the remains of Tutankhamun's wife, Ankhesenamun.

A burial chamber is thought to have been discovered in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, which may be the resting place of the boy king's wife, who had a sudden disappearance from historical records after her second marriage.

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Zahi Hawass, a world-renowned archaeologist and former Egyptian minister for antiquities, believes he uncovered the resting place near the tomb of pharaoh Ay.

According to the Metro, he said: "We are sure there is a tomb hidden in that area because I found four foundation deposits."

According to Live Science, he said that foundations were "caches or holes in the ground that were filled with votive objects such as pottery vessels, food remains and other tools as a sign that a tomb construction is being initiated."

He added: "The ancient Egyptians usually did four or five foundation deposits whenever they started a tomb's construction."

Historians believe Ankhesenamun married Tutankhamun when he became king when he was around nine years old. When Tut died, it's believed that she married his successor Ay, who some suggest may have been her grandfather.

The tombs of Tutankhamun and Ay are both buried in the Valley of Kings, a Unesco World Heritage Site (pictured top), with other tombs of royalty, but it's suspected that Ankhesenamun's tomb could be located near Ay's, reports the Toronto Sun.

Harass will direct future excavations at the site and cautioned that until excavations take place he can't say for sure that a tomb has been discovered.

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