According to this article the theory that Nefertiti’s tomb may lie hidden behind a wall in the tomb of Tutankhamen may be a false hope, kept alive by the Egyptian authorities for political reasons.
A scientist familiar with the controversy said: “My understanding is that the Egyptians are in a state of denial about this. They are freaking out, and it has become politically toxic. When you’re the in the middle of a situation in which people are being purged because of their position on this, then scientists should back off and let the politics take its course. We have left the realm of science.”
What a sensible thing for scientist to say! And before the official report which throws doubt on the hidden tomb theory has even been published. But how could such a tempting, (and apparently easily refuted) theory get accepted in the first place?
The initial optimism about finding hidden chambers in the tomb was fuelled by a radar scan performed by a veteran Japanese specialist, Hirokatsu Watanabe. Those findings are under scrutiny, particularly as Watanabe has refused to share the raw data upon which he based his conclusions.
He told the National Geographic website at a conference in Cairo that after more than 40 years in the field, he has customised his equipment to such a degree that its data is unreadable to others. “When someone says that they want to check the data, I am so sad,” he said. But he expressed no doubts about his results: “I trust my data completely.”