Scans of the pharaoh Tutankhamun's burial tomb have revealed two concealed rooms adjacent to King Tut's resting place, according to the .
Archaeologists studying ultrasound scans originally speculated that there could be hidden rooms around King Tut's burial chamber in November 2015, but it appears that they have found conclusive enough evidence to announce that the rooms are indeed there. The Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh el-Damaty also told reporters that metal or organic material may be inside the hidden burial rooms. He declined to comment on the possibility of mummified remains or royal treasures, though he did say that the newly confirmed chambers could hold a royal member of Tutankhamun's family.
Other prominent archeologists believe that the remains of Queen Nefertiti could be lying in one of the unexplored rooms. If this is the case, the rooms likely hold archeological treasures that could help fill a gap in history surrounding the rule of King Tut and his father Akhenaten.
"For Egypt, it is a very big discovery," said el-Damaty, according to the AP. "It could be the discovery of the century. It is very important for Egyptian history and for all of the world."
Pharaoh Akhenaten unsuccessfully tried to convert Egypt to a form of monotheism in the 14th century BC. Queen Nefertiti was his primary wife, and many scholars think that she played a large role governing Egypt during Akhenaten's reign. There is even evidence to suggest that she was Neferneferuaten, the female pharaoh who reigned between Akhenaten and his son, King Tut.
Unfortunately, the names of Akhenaten's family were struck from historical records after the Egyptian general Horemheb led a military takeover that removed the royal family from power. If one of the chambers holds Queen Nefertiti's remains, it could provide archaeological evidence to define her role as a ruler beside Akhenaten, confirm or disprove that she was the pharaoh Neferneferuaten, and fill in some of the missing history that precedes the military takeover and toppling of the royal family. It could be the most important archaeological discovery related to ancient Egypt since King Tut's tomb was first discovered in 1922.