King Tut's Secret Room of Gold: Myth or Fact?

There are many mysteries surrounding the legend of King Tutankhamun, or King Tut. For centuries, people around the world have wondered whether there are secret rooms or trap doors located in his burial chambers. Legend has it those secret rooms hold not only the body of Nefertiti but there is supposedly a room filled with Gold and other Precious Metals that stored King Tut's treasure for the afterlife.That mystery was thought to have been solved in March when a scan revealed two hidden rooms within his chamber.  

King Tut was one of the youngest kings in Egyptian history and very little was known about his short reign until his tomb was discovered in 1922. We know the "tomb's vast hoard of artifacts and treasure, intended to accompany the king into the afterlife, revealed an incredible amount about royal life in ancient Egypt, and quickly made King Tut the world's most famous pharaoh." (History) Accompanying the discovery of his tomb was rampant speculation about the final resting place of Nefertiti and a secret room filled with more treasure, including vast amounts of Gold and Silver. 

Is The Rumor of King Tut's Secret Room of Gold True?

In March 2016, the Huffington Post reported "Radar scans of King Tutankhamun's burial chamber have revealed two hidden rooms." On whether the rooms had other royal treasures or mummies, Egypt's Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said "the unexplored chambers could hold some kind of organic or metal objects." (Rohan) The discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922 was important to uncover the past, but the speculation of a secret room filled with Gold left many archaeologists and historians confused. No discovery has been made, but active searches for hidden rooms and chambers remain ongoing to find the Gold and perhaps also the body of Nefertiti. Exploration of the rooms has yet to get underway, however, there are conflicting reports on whether or not the scans are even accurate. 

According to National Geographic, "two different radar scans of King Tut's burial chamber have resulted in contradictory conclusions." Excavation of the tomb any further than what has been discovered is illegal according to Egyptian laws. It may be difficult to pull off one of the most important suspected discoveries for another decade, but a couple things are made clear: 

  • The myth of King Tut's room of secret Gold may still be true.
  • The legend there is another room of secret Gold will be contested for many years to come because curiosity is often the driving force behind legends.

This speculation is nothing new, but it does lead to an interesting hunt for ideas and facts. Science and history collide to attempt to find the answer, but where we stand today is that even the professionals cannot determine the validity of this yet. Leaving the possibility wide open may one day lead to the ultimate confirmation.


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