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A photo showing the excavation was teased by the Discovery Channel

The long search for the wife of one of Ancient Egypt’s most famous kings may be over after a startling discovery by archaeologists.

Ankhesenamun served alongside King Tutankhamun, who was also her half brother and cousin, until his death at the age of just 18 in 1323 BC before she went on to marry the next king, Ay.

A photo which has been released by archaeologists shows diggers excavating a spot which was previously analysed by radar and showed an entrance to the royal tomb where King Ay was laid to rest in the Amarna Tomb.

The research has been funded by the Discovery Channel which says that it has “exclusive” access to the site and will release a documentary on the discovery later this year.

Ankhesenamun

Ankhesenamun may have been found

A spokesman for the Discovery Channel told Live Science: “Led by renowned archaeologist Dr Zahi Hawass, the crew of more than one hundred Egyptian workers are digging in the largely untouched western portion of the valley, where leading archaeologists believe several royal tombs lie hidden.”

Dr Hawass was part of the team who discovered the potential tomb using radar technology.

He said following the discovery late last year: “We are sure there is a tomb there, but we do not know for sure to whom it belongs.

“We are sure there is a tomb hidden in that area because I found four foundation deposits.”

Tutankhamun

Ankhesenamun was the wife of Tutankhamun

He explained the foundations are “caches or holes in the ground that were filled with votive objects such as pottery vessels, food remains and other tools as a sign that a tomb construction is being initiated.”

“The ancient Egyptians usually did four or five foundation deposits whenever they started a tomb’s construction.”

He added: “The radar did detect a substructure that could be the entrance of a tomb.”

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