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'Treasure' to be found in Great Pyramid

Posted on Sunday, 9 June, 2013 | Comment icon 39 comments | News tip by: docyabut2

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Egyptologist Zahi Hawass has returned and believes that there is still much left to be discovered.

The former antiquities minister had dropped out of the limelight for a couple of years after being dismissed from his post but now he's back and getting ready to go on a worldwide lecture tour. Often regarded as a real-life Indiana Jones, Hawass believes that there are still many secrets to be uncovered in Egypt including more tombs in the Valley of the Kings and even a secret burial chamber in the Great Pyramid of Cheops.

Over the last few years, robots have been used to explore shafts within the pyramid that lead to what appear to be secret doors. "I really believe that Cheops chamber is not discovered yet and all the three chambers were just to deceive the thieves, and the treasures of Khufu [are] still hidden inside the Great Pyramid, and these three doors could be the key to open this burial chamber," said Hawass.

"The famous, and at times controversial, Egyptologist is free of legal charges, free to travel and is launching a worldwide lecture tour with the aim of getting tourists back to Egypt, he told LiveScience in an interview."

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Comment icon #30 Posted by kmt_sesh on 22 July, 2013, 1:35
I think I watched maybe about half of the first episode, and that was too much for me. A friend with whom I work at the museum kept watching the show even though she hated it. She described it as the same thing as a train wreck: it's horrendous but you can't look away. The most important thing to remember is, every bit of it is fake. All of the characters and supposed "students" are actors. It is all ed. Hawass laid it on thick with his abrasive personality for the sake of ratings. It was a farce and painted the legitimate field of Egyptology in a cartoonish way, so I perso... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by cladking on 22 July, 2013, 2:56
He was actually sitting in the third(?) relieving chamber at the time. I'm sure he knows better and part of the problem could be as simple as editing but this is the sort of thing they put pover the air with this episode. He made the statement while ostensibly on Egyptian TV and was at the end of episode 2. The whole thing is just chilling since it leaves one with the impression that incompetence is rampant and Hawass has the disposition and sensitivity of a ancient torture device.
Comment icon #32 Posted by docyabut2 on 22 July, 2013, 23:02
Can`nt they drill a hole at the end stones of the queen shafts from the outside, the shafts the boxes were found in almost lead to the outside.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Tutankhaten-pasheri on 23 July, 2013, 8:01
Difficult because the shafts, though always conveniently drawn straight on diagrams, are not straight in reality. Is it necessary to further damge the GP by drilling speculative hole from the outside in the hope of joining up with the shafts? what would be the purpose? All this is better explained on the site of the UPUAUT project
Comment icon #34 Posted by docyabut2 on 23 July, 2013, 9:03
That shafts at the end could be filled with sand topped with stones, it would`nt be that hard, they did find sand when the queen chambers wall was drilled into.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Tutankhaten-pasheri on 23 July, 2013, 9:11
We won't know unless drilling is carried out, which Is unlikely to be done anytime soon. Some of these questions will have to wait for new technology, or the dismantling of the GP stone by stone, then all will be revealed. With current situation in Egypt who can say which will come first......
Comment icon #36 Posted by Vigilanis on 9 August, 2013, 15:05
Zahi Hawass is a shady character himself, not for me to tell tales but there are plenty or reports about this guy and his 'credentials'...The Egyptians should have deposed him too and done the field of Egyptology a massive least we might get chance to look under the paws of the Sphinx ....
Comment icon #37 Posted by kmt_sesh on 9 August, 2013, 20:02
Hawass was in fact "deposed." He lost his position not long after Mubarak was sent packing. Hawass is back in Egypt but holds no office and has no authority now. Hawass's main problem is his burgeoning ego. All can agree on that. He is not what I would consider to be the finest Egyptologist and he rubs me the wrong way the same as anyone else, but at the same time I do not like to see him misrepresented. You're misrepresenting him, Vigilanis. While Hawass was always too in love with TV cameras and too frequently allowed his ego to guide him, his credentials are not in quest... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by Harte on 10 August, 2013, 3:05
Let's not forget what might be Hawass's greatest contribution - at least to Egypt. That would be his tireless efforts to return (sometimes literally) stolen Egyptian artifacts to their rightful place - Egypt. Harte

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