Scans of King Tut's tomb unveil hidden rooms

Scans of famed King Tut's burial chamber has revealed two hidden rooms that could contain metal or organic material, Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty has said.

In a news conference on Thursday in Cairo, he said that the Japanese analysis showed chambers that would be scanned again at the end of the month.

The discovery could shine new light on one of ancient Egypt's most turbulent times, and one prominent researcher has theorised that the remains of Queen Nefertiti might be inside.

El-Damaty said he thinks the new chambers could contain the tomb of a member of Tutankhmun's family, but would not speculate on Nefertiti - who was one of the wives of Tutankhmun's father, the Pharoah Akhenaten, but is not believed to be his mother.

The unveiling of King Tut's tomb almost 100 years ago has been described as one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries of all time.

A throne, chariot and most famously the golden death mask that has become an icon of ancient Egyptian civilisation, were found at the burial site of Tutankhamun, then a little-known boy king of the 18th dynasty of Egyptian pharaohs.