Discovery of a secret chamber inside the Giza pyramid

(FILE) - A man rides his camel in front of the pyramid of Khufu, or Cheops, in Giza, Egypt, 29 March 2017 (reissued 02 November 2017). A team of French and Japanese researchers began in October 2015 the Scan Pyramids Mission project to scan the Great Pyramid of Khufu and announced on 02 November 2017 that analyses showed a 'big void' in the Pyramid by observation of cosmic-ray muons, that are only partially absorbed by stone, an empty space of at least 30 meters long that could be a possible hidden chamber. EPA-EFE/MOHAMED HOSSAM

Discovery of a secret chamber inside the Giza pyramid


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A new technology has revealed a hidden 30-meter deep chamber inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, Nature Magazine published on Thursday.

The peer-reviewed scientific article suggests the first major discovery in the structure – also known as Cheops Pyramid – since the 1800s. Scientists believe the void has been hidden since the construction of the structure approximately 4,500 years ago (2509 to 2483 BC). Giza is the last remaining of the ancient wonders of the world.

For the moment, the function of the void is unknown.

The article is signed by a team of Japanese, Egyptian, and French scientists. Their joint ScanPyramids project is founded on a new technology based on cosmic ray imaging, which resembles x-rays, except it can penetrate deeper rocks. In a statement to National Geographic, Egyptologist Yukinori Kawae called this the “discovery of the century.”

The void revealed is above the well-known structure of the Grand Gallery that is visited by thousands of tourists and has a similar cross-section.

In a statement of the Al Ahram newspaper, Egyptologist and former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass suggests that the discovery of the void is not new. He suggests that an earlier publication by Dieter Arnold (Building in Egypt: Pharaonic Stone Masonry) had discussed the existence of several voids within the structure.

A void in the structure is not necessarily a room, Hawass noted, adding that the team should refrain from seeking attention by references to hidden chambers and passages.

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