The team, from the Polytechnic University of Turin, will scan the tomb and the surrounding area with advanced radar technology, which can look at depths of up to 32 feet.
Franco Porcelli, the project’s director and a professor at the university, told Seeker: "It will be a rigorous scientific work and will last several days, if not weeks.”
Tutankhamun's tomb was first opened in 1923
We will provide an answer which is 99 per cent definitive.
Professor Franco Porcelli
He claims his team’s investigation will be the one that confirms once and for all if the elusive secret chamber really does exist, saying: “This will be the final investigation, we will provide an answer which is 99 per cent definitive."
The team’s research, which is scheduled to start at the end of February, will be the third carried out on the tomb in the past two years.
Tutankhamun was only 19-years-old when he died
The search for clues to a hidden chamber began in 2015, after British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves claimed it could contain the remains of Queen Nefertiti, wife of “heretic” monotheistic Pharaoh Akhenaten – Tutankhamun’s father.
Mr Reeves said it was likely Tutankhamun’s tomb may not have been ready at the time of his unexpected death, and was likely buried alongside Nefertiti – who died 10 years earlier.
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British adventurer Howard Carter opened the tomb for the first time in 1923
The speculation led to Japanese radar specialist Hirokatsu Watanabu to begin research on the site in 2015 – his research pointed towards the possibility of two chambers within the tomb.
However, a follow up scan by the National Geographic society failed to replicate the scan results.
The team who discovered the tomb were struck by the 'Curse of the Pharaohs'
The tomb was first opened in 1923 by a team led by British adventurer Howard Carter, who shot to worldwide fame after discovering the boy king’s intact tomb in the Valley of Kings.
Mr Carter and many of his team who were present at the opening were believed to have later been struck by the ‘Curse of the Pharaohs” – and is believed to have caused their untimely deaths.
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