Never underestimate the mysterious, unpredictable and somewhat insane power of Egyptian learning.
This is the lesson of the second Tutankhamen Egyptian Museum Annual Meeting held in Cairo in the past week, and participants may be encouraged by a series of meetings including Tutankhamen embroidery, constructive insight into some plant species in Tutankhamen's tomb, Tutankhamen and Tutankhamen's Golden Pendant: a new explanation of the wertetlemau nickname.
If only the nickname stopped with wertetegra AU.
On the third and final day of the meeting, more than a hundred people watched two former government ministers sit on stage and angrily accuse each other of trying to drill holes in world heritage sites without permission.
Other exchanges are more friendly, if not so enthusiastic.
Some scholars joked about the shape of the Queen's lips. in the 14 th century, the debate about whether the adult male pharaoh wore earrings continued. C.
When Tut ruled
But nothing compared to the news about the tomb of the King of the boy.
After months of speculation about the possibility of hiding a room in a grave, officials revealed another surprise: two different radar scans of King Tutankhamen's tomb resulted
So far, we have not had a conclusive result.
Minister of Cultural Relics Enany announced on the last day of the meeting.
He called for a committee to be set up to decide on the next step, which could include further review by radar and other seniortech methods.
On his way out of the lecture hall, El-
Enany continued: "This is my message and science will talk about it.
But how will people explain what it says?
Science and Technology first gave birth to this theory, which is based on the results of laser scanning, which depicts the texture of the wall of the tomb in unprecedented detail.
Nicholas Reeves, an Egyptian antiquities scientist in the UK, studied the scan results and noticed a series of eye-catching doors --
Like features hidden in painted scenes decorated with north and west walls.
In last July, Reeves published a paper speculating that, in his view, the tomb might actually contain another complete tomb of Queen briati.
It is widely believed that Nefertiti is the stepmother of tut Kumar, and in recent years, there has been a growing acceptance of her ideas before he became a pharaoh.
Last fall, a hot-image scan of the north wall showed abnormalities that seemed to correspond to the relevant features, and the physical examination of the grave was also encouraging.
From the beginning, most Egyptian scientists were skeptical about the idea that Nefertiti, in particular, might be buried there, but they were increasingly accepting the possibility of increasing the room in last November, when a radar scan seems to find a gap behind the north and west walls.
The scans were carried out by Japanese radar expert watkatsu Watanabe, who claimed his equipment had also detected metals and organic objects in those gaps.
Subsequently, Mamdouh Eldamaty, then Minister of Antiquities, announced at a press conference that he believed there was another chamber behind the north wall.
At, a second team of radar technicians, organized by National Geographic, tracked
Scan up to see if you can copy the results of watanabe.
But they did not find the same features as Zahi Hawass, former minister of antiquities and one of Egypt's most famous scholars, pointed out at the weekend meeting.
If there is any masonry or partition wall, the radar signal should show the image, he said.
We don't have this, which means there's nothing there.
The tomb of King Tut is hidden on the stairs. Scientists are investigating whether there are hidden rooms behind the north and west walls of King Tut's tomb.
North hidden room?
NG staff Photo: Kenneth garetz Source: The ban mapping project of the Ministry of Defense. What is hidden in the tomb of King Tutan. Scientists are investigating the North Wall and the West of Tutan's tomb.
Is the room in the room?
North hidden room?
Source: National surveying and mapping project.
Hawass said that after claiming that radar had never led to any discovery in Egypt, the Ministry of counter-litigation state had to stop this media business because there was nothing to publish.
There is nothing to publish today or yesterday.
But then he immediately gave the media business something to publish, accusing Eldamaty of secretly submitting documents to the authorities in order to drill a hole in the tomb of tut tomb and insert a fiber --optic camera.
Why are you secretly saying this?
As the two sat side by side on the stage, Havas said.
Where is it said to be?
Eldamaty responded angrily.
Why didn't you announce that you had permission?
I said a few times that I wouldn't do anything until I was 100%!
"Said Emmanuel Eldamaty.
He then rebutted an allegation of his actions during his tenure as minister: You did the drill in the pyramid and then you got permission!
If the circle of Egyptologists is small and intense, then there is a closer circle, including those who specialize in ground archaeological applications --
Penetrating Radar (GPR).
Starting from the third march, when Watanabe posted some images of the scan, other radar experts made a lot of criticism.
I tell you that every person I spoke to who is in the geological radar business is just turning his eyes and saying that there is nothing here, Lawrence Conyers, author of Ground
Penetrating Radar for archaeology.
Some experts say that, as Watanabe claims, the radar cannot distinguish between organic materials.
The second scan was carried out by an engineer named Eric Berkenpas, and then the original data was sent out for review by multiple experts from the US and Egypt.
Physicist Dean Goodman who developed geological radar
The Slicing software used by many experts analyzed the data and found no evidence of hidden rooms.
All other analysts came to the same conclusion.
"If we have a blank, we should have a strong reflection," Goodman said . ".
But it does not exist.
He also could not identify signs of masonry in the area where Reeves proposed to be blocked. over doorways.
Radar data is often subjective, Goodman said.
But on this particular site, it's not.
It is good to have clear and convincing results on such an important website.
Goodman noted that Watanabe did not publish his original data for review.
In an interview at last week's meeting, Watanabe said that after more than 40 years of working with radar, he had customized his device so that others could not read its data.
I was sad when someone said they wanted to check the data, he said by translation.
But he had no doubt about his results.
"I trust my data completely," he said . ".
Watanabe is in the middle of him.
Some experts criticized him for using Koden-
There have been no brand machines listed for more than 20 years.
An anthropologist at Southern Illinois University, Izumi Shimada, who worked with Watanabe, said he has been a controversial figure in Japan.
Maybe he uses his personal experience more than he relies on software or cutting
Advanced technology, the island.
No matter how good the software is, it's still a human explanation of what you see on the display.
There is a lot of subjectivity.
He says Watanabe has a history of success: he works in many archaeological settings and he finds what archaeologists are looking for and they have not.
Mr Shimada also said the ferry tended to be too enthusiastic about the preliminary results.
He pointed out that Watanabe was a scholar with an industrial background at first.
However, Shimada decided to fight for watanabe's services because there is no doubt that he works in a variety of environments.
They have worked together for more than a decade on the northern coast of Peru, where watanabe radar's radar has helped Shimada carry out a series of very successful grave excavations from sican culture.
When told about the radar results of the contradiction in Tutankhamen's tomb, and other experts questioning what Tutankhamen found in real time, I think I heard that his prediction was wrong, Shimada said.
The anatomy of civilization in ancient Egypt, Barry J.
Kemp wrote that all people's knowledge of most things is similar to myth, in part true myth.
You turn on the switch and believe that light will appear when in fact you can't explain the current, transformer, power station.
For Kemp, the ancient avenue of thought still runs through modern thought.
For example, some of our casual thinking about science may not be very different from how ancient Egyptians thought their gods were active in the world.
Of course, even if the basic thinking patterns of human beings are similar, when we decide to investigate something, we now have unlimited resources at our disposal.
Kemp wrote that progress gives us the choice in mythology and the power to abandon those we think are inappropriate.
At some point in the coming months, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities may approve another series of scans at the tomb of Tutan, and the result will push reeves's theory, in our view, either to the truth or to the myth. El-
Enany, Minister of Antiquities, said he would appoint a committee to decide how to proceed.
There is no doubt that he noticed the angry exchange between his predecessors;
He then mentioned the committee to a reporter and said, "there is no personal decision ! "!
The most famous participants, even Havas, advocated additional testing through radar and other technologies.
Nevertheless, all brave remarks about science cannot completely cover up the scope of the eternal qualities of humanity displayed in the lecture hall: curiosity and stubbornness, pride and ambition, friendship and distrust.
It's also striking how much technical stuff doesn't work on Sunday.
Most of Watanabe's demos were actually lost because no one was able to connect his computer to the audio system of auditorium.
There is a problem with the lights;
Many computers have crashed.
On one occasion, Yasser Elshayeb, professor of Rock Mechanics at the University of Cairo, struggled with a computer on the podium and announced that it proved that the technology was not always effective.
After the laughter subsided, he shouted to someone in the audience, "Can I get your computer ? "?
It seems to be the only computer that works.
Then Nicholas Reeves stood up and handed it over to me.