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An archaeologist says he may have
found evidence that Nefertiti, the for-
mer Queen of Egypt, is secretly buried
inside Tutankhamun s tomb.
The whereabouts of Nefertiti s
remains are not known, although those
of Tutankhamun---who may have been
her son---were found in 1922.
New tests have shown there may be
a portal leading from King Tut s tomb.
Nicholas Reeves, an archaeologist at
the University of Arizona, says he
believes Nefertiti may lie inside.
One leading Egyptologist urged cau-
tion over the conclusion but said that,
if confirmed, it would be "brilliant."
The finds were made last year, after
the Spanish artistic and preservation
specialists, Factum Arte, were com-
missioned to produce detailed scans of
Tutankhamun s tomb.
The scans were then used to produce
a facsimile of the tomb near the site
of the original Valley of the Kings in
While assessing the scans last Feb-
ruary, Dr Reeves spotted what he
believed were marks indicating where
two doorways used to be.
"I have been testing the evidence
ever since, looking for indications that
what I thought I was seeing was, in
fact, not there," Dr Reeves told the BBC.
"But the more I looked, the more
information I found that I seemed to
be looking at something pretty real."
The layout of Tutankhamun s tomb
has been a puzzle for some time---in
particular, why it was smaller than
those of other kings tombs.
Dr Reeves believes there are clues in
the design of the tomb that indicate it
was designed to store the remains of
a queen, not a king.
"If I m wrong, I m wrong," he said.
"But if I m right, the prospects are
frankly staggering. The world will have
become a much more interesting
place---at least for Egyptologists."
After being discovered by English
archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922,
the tomb of Tutankhamun was opened
in February the following year.
It was the most intact Egyptian tomb
ever discovered, and very few objects
appeared to have been plundered.
Close to 2,000 objects were found,
and it took archaeologists nine years
to catalogue them all.
If the same number of objects were
found elsewhere in the tomb, it would
represent "quite a coup," said Dr Reeves.
Neither Egyptian authorities nor Fac-
tum Arte have responded to the claims.
"I think there are certainly some
signs that there might have been some
activity around those doorways," said
Joyce Tyldesley, an Egyptologist with
the University of Manchester.
"Whether we can deduct from that
that we actually find the burial site of
Nefertiti might be a step too far.
"But if it was true, it would be
absolutely brilliant." (BBC)
Is Nefertiti buried
inside King Tut's tomb
The whereabouts of
are still a mystery.
Does this, er, fever have an ori-
"It s some kind of weird hybrid
of, like, elitism and sort of trying
to get home again, because I do
regard film as primal," Pomes said.
"My older brother took me to see
Star Wars in 1977. I was five or
six. It has that shot of that ship
that just keeps going over your
head. We were between rows ten
and 13. I remember that specifi-
There are other things that make
Pomes a "bit batty" about movie
"I don t like there to be lights
coming in from another room that
you see on the screen. It s ritualistic
and it should be. I mean Scorsese
once talked about it being like how
church. But my wife does think
sometimes that I go a little
beyond," he said.
Afam Onyema, 36, in Los Ange-
les, has other things on his mind.
He s a big guy, a former college
linebacker, with a wee movie-going
He can t make it through one
without a pit stop mid-movie and
finds himself in seating negotia-
tions all the time.
The seats he seeks from friends
and surreptitiously angles for with
dates are on an aisle or front row,
second tier behind the rail in the-
aters that have raised sections sep-
arated by a wide walking aisle.
"It s embarrassing. My friends
will say, It s only two hours and
I m, like, I know. I m not doing
it on purpose! This way I can just
hop over the rail without kicking
popcorn all over the floor or step-
ping on some old person s shoes."
But inevitable conflicts arise for
prime real estate-seeking Onyema,
who goes to three or four movies
"There are some friends who
want to be in the middle and they
worry that if we re on the aisle
people are going to be bothering
us to get out. It s definitely a give
and take," he said. "If it s Lord of
the Rings length or something like
that, I m going to push to be on
the aisle or the railing. If it s a
shorter movie, I ll say OK, I ll let
you have this one. "
Daniel Collins and his wife don t
get to the movies that frequently,
but with his long legs, the distinct
possibility of a work call he can t
miss and some prostate issues at
52, he s an aisle man. Getting there
early enough to nab a good one
isn t fun.
"My wife, who should be teach-
ing master s courses in procrasti-
nation, can be a challenge to get
out the door," said Collin, in sub-
"But she s working hard at
improving, and I m working hard
at not being so, If we re not 15
minutes early we re late. " (AP)
The Goldilocks syndrome persists
for choosing movie seats
Continued from Page A26 "If it's Lord of the Rings length or something
like that, I'm going to push to be on the aisle
or the railing. If it's a shorter movie, I'll say
'OK, I'll let you have this one.'"
---Afam Onyema, another discerning movie buff
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