Tutankhamun’s ‘missing’ wife might have been found as new chamber is unearthed

The wife of the Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun might have been found in the Valley of the Kings – after a new burial chamber was unearthed.

The discovery could solve a mystery about the final fate of the boy king’s wife.

Ankhesenamun was married to Tutankhamun, who reigned from 1332 to 1327 BC – then married his successor Ay, who ruled from 1327 to 1323 BC.

But after that, she vanished from the historical record, and archaeologists have been unsure of her fate.

The new chamber contains pottery, food remains and foundation deposits – and was found near Ay’s tomb by archaeologist and former Egyptian minister for antiquities, Zahi Hawass.

Hawass told LiveScience ‘We are sure there is a tomb there, but we do not know for sure to whom it belongs.

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‘We are sure there is a tomb hidden in that area because I found four foundation deposits.

‘The ancient Egyptians usually did four or five foundation deposits whenever they started a tomb’s construction.

‘[And] the radar did detect a substructure that could be the entrance of a tomb.’