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New robot to reach hidden Pyramid chamber

August 16, 2010 | Comment icon 136 comments



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A new robot has been developed that will attempt to reach a sealed chamber within the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The specially designed robot will attempt to move along a small shaft and drill through two stone doors believed to seal a chamber that has remained hidden away for over 4,000 years.
Following in the footsteps of Howard Carter and Abbot and Costello, a specialized robot will penetrate deeper into the Great Pyramid of Giza than ever before. The robot, part of a years long exploration called the Djedi Project, will explore a shaft inaccessible to a previous robot, unlocking a room that has remain sealed for 4,500 years.


Source: MSNBC | Comments (136)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #127 Posted by cladking 11 years ago
Why would an airshaft be needed during construction, as the pyramid goes up, aren't the workers in the open air? The actual evidence suggests that this is a five step pyramid built over an existing structure. The older structure was centered on the grotto and can be seen by the fact that the courses in this area are totally different thicknesses than seen in all other places. They av- erage about the same thickness but do not match the sides, the ascend- ing passage and Vyse's hole. Every indication is the entire pyramid was laid in courses with most of them put down one at a time. They al- so... [More]
Comment icon #128 Posted by kmt_sesh 11 years ago
Its fine Sesh , just from my short time here i have found that yourself , Harte , Cormac and a few others are the voice of reason in an other wise cloudy haze of wild speculation I have been reading as much here as i can in the last few weeks and believe me i can see your frustration , allot of people make wild claims without first checking the facts or even the source that they are quoting from ... and a total disregard for hard evidence that has been put forward . Now back to the subject Im going to throw a spanner in the works here :angry2: Maybe.... and that's a big maybe there were more l... [More]
Comment icon #129 Posted by cladking 11 years ago
These air shafts are extremely complicated and most probably served at least two purposes. I don't belief that any single purpose exists that would account for their complexity. They probably were primarily air ducts (at least in the kings chamber) but there were simpler ways to provide air. There are some good 3D drawings here if you want to give it a go yourself. There are still a few features for which I can't account. http://www.cheops.org/ Look at "bends 3d".
Comment icon #130 Posted by Gaden 11 years ago
In addition, on Page 12 of that thread, I wrote a longer post that might contain pertinent information (Post 170). It may or may not be helpful. Most of all, tipotep, you are now no doubt aware of how much of a verbose windbag I tend to be. Good stuff, kmt_sesh exactly the kind of info I was hoping to find when I first came here. Regarding the plan of the GP and whether changes might have been made during construction, I might add that I, myself have been in the construction industry for over 30 years. I don't beleive I have ever worked on a building that was built as planned. The owner decide... [More]
Comment icon #131 Posted by Hanslune 11 years ago
The shafts may also be there because the Pharoah or some high priest or grand supervisor was a crackpot and wanted them there. Which would explain why no other pyramid has them before and after (that we have found). Never under estimate mankinds ability to generate cranks - in any age. Seriously if not for some obscure religious purpose insanity comes to mind.
Comment icon #132 Posted by Qoais 11 years ago
Maybe the Pharaoh thought his ka could come back in again, and he could rule for another lifetime!! Or maybe he loved his wife and wanted to come back from time to time for a visit. I mean, it was only Pharaoh who went to live with the gods wasn't it? Not the wife of Pharaoh.
Comment icon #133 Posted by tipotep 11 years ago
Thanks for your mercy, tipotep. I acted like a jerk because of the over-abundance of fringe around here lately. I mean, there's always plenty of fringy writing at UM, but nowadays there are some new characters as well as "old" ones trying to promote personal obsessions again. It gets tedious after a while. I usually try to remain level headed but, as you unfortunately saw for yourself, sometimes I fail. You were at the wrong end of my blunt little lash and it was undeserved. I knew I had recently posted a detailed summary of orthodox explanations for the shafts in the Great Pyramid but didn't ... [More]
Comment icon #134 Posted by kmt_sesh 11 years ago
Thanks Sesh , i will take the time and read the hole thread you were talking about .... , i will comment when i know abit more . Thanks for taking the time to find the relevant information , much appreciated . TIP. You're welcome, tipotep. And please, by all means, do not feel obligated to read that whole thread! It's a bear and at times profoundly loony. On the other hand, if you're in the mood for a chuckle, go ahead and read the whole thread. At the same time, however, it might cause headaches. I know I tended to get one from Mount Giza when I was trying to debate him, but all he would do i... [More]
Comment icon #135 Posted by tipotep 11 years ago
You're welcome, tipotep. And please, by all means, do not feel obligated to read that whole thread! It's a bear and at times profoundly loony. On the other hand, if you're in the mood for a chuckle, go ahead and read the whole thread. At the same time, however, it might cause headaches. I know I tended to get one from Mount Giza when I was trying to debate him, but all he would do is evade me. So rude! Well.... i was going to read the lot but to be honest i watched his video , started to read the thread and got to page 4 or 5 and decided i had already wasted 15 minutes of my life Some very col... [More]
Comment icon #136 Posted by TheSearcher 11 years ago
Why would an airshaft be needed during construction, as the pyramid goes up, aren't the workers in the open air? Maybe some inner decorations were to be finished, which could not be done if the part they were working in was still exposed to the sky? Just an idea. And Kmt, I find your explanations quite eloquent and to the point, as usual. Well done mate. But I feel that some need a visual aid as to the dimensions of the shaft we are talking about. The robot being prepared right in front of the shaft, prior to exploration. Picture from this article by Zahi Hawass.To be honest, the shaft is tiny... [More]


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