On Thursday 2nd November 2017, scientists announced that they had discovered a hidden void in Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza.
The scientists reported that the hidden void was at least a hundred feet long. What remains unclear though is what purpose the void served.
The discovery was made possible by recent advances in high-energy particle physics, and it becomes the first larger inner structure to be discovered within the centuries-old pyramid since the 1800 s.
“This is definitely the discovery of the century,” remarked an emerging National Geographic explorer, archaeologist, and Egyptologist, Yukinori Kawae. He went on to further comment, “There have been quite a number of hypotheses about the pyramid, but no one imagined that a void this big would be located above the Grand Gallery.”
The void’s dimensions resemble those of the pyramid’s Grand Gallery, 153-feet long and a 26-foot-tall corridor that leads to the burial chamber of Pharaoh Khufu. The Great Pyramid of Giza was built for Pharaoh Khufu.
The Great Pyramid of Giza has for long been an object of intrigue and mystery, and it continues to be. The findings mark the latest in a millennia-long quest to solve and understand the mystery, that is, the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Pyramids were an expression of power in ancient Egypt.
The Great Pyramid was, without doubt, a symbol and ultimate expression of that power. The pyramid’s base spreads more than 13 acres and originally towered more than 146-feet tall. The pyramid boasts of at least 2 million limestone blocks which were quarried, transported, carved and moved into place by Pharaoh Khufu’s slaves.
“These sorts of pyramids are the major product, so to speak, of the kings who built them,” commented a University archaeologist from Cambridge, Kate Spence. “An awful lot of Egyptian society is probably geared towards building pyramids at this particular time,” added the archaeologist who has also ventured into studying ancient Egypt.
The discovery of the tunnel comes out of the Scan-Pyramids project, an international mission under the authority of the Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt. The project was launched in October 2015 with the aim of peering into the largest pyramids in Egypt non-evasively using a host of recent technology.
Earlier on, the ScanPyramids project had announced the detection of voids and anomalies, but they did not come as a surprise. “Pyramid’s interiors are far more pockmarked and rubbly than people usually imagine, but the new void comes as a surprise and arguably marks the biggest-ever discovery yielded by muon radiography,” remarked Spence. Muon radiography is an imaging technique first demonstrated in Giza’s pyramids.
Muons are a type of subatomic particles. Muon imaging techniques rely on the natural drizzle of the subatomic particles and have been previously used to peer through cathedral walls, Mayan pyramids, and even volcanoes.
“It is a striking discovery. This makes another muon radiographer jealous. I’m jealous. These guys have discovered a remarkable thing,” remarked Chris Morris, a physicist at Los Alamos National library and expert on muon imaging techniques.