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'Treasure' to be found in Great Pyramid

June 9, 2013 | Comment icon 38 comments



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


Source: Fox News | Comments (38)


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Comment icon #29 Posted by cladking 9 years ago
Zahi on television is usually a disaster. Chasing Mummies is glaring proof of that. Thank goodness that idiotic show is dead and gone. And Zahi in popular-peridiocal interviews is nearly as bad. It seems when Zahi opens his mouth for the sake of unfiltered, unedited content, about 75% of what he says is rubbish. If not outright offensive. The anti-semitic remarks were unacceptable. He was caught in the act, and worse yet, he was a high-ranking government official—so what he was saying could've been misconstrued as an official Egyptian government statement. Egypt continues to maintain a peacefu... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by kmt_sesh 9 years ago
I had no idea. I assumed you were exaggerating about the quality of this show. I couldn't believe anything could be so bad but now I've seen the show and ity seems more that you were sugar coating the truth and using polly anna goggles. This thing (especially episode 2) has some of the funniest stuff ever caught on film. These guys make the Keystone Cops look like the Harlem Globetrotters. A mummy has little to fear from these stumble bums but every mommy and daddy does. In the first episode someone gets trapped so people rush in with no tools and no first aid. In the second a man's back goes ... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by cladking 9 years ago
I didn't see the episode where he's talking about the relieving chamber, so I'm not familiar with what he said. You sure he didn't say King's Chamber? I just find it odd because tourists don't go in the relieving chambers in the first place, so there would be no such cause for alarm. Even vetted historians rarely go in those tight spaces. But if this is indeed what Hawass said, it would be a good example of his bumbling efforts to sound authoritative and all-knowing for the TV cameras. No, of course humidity doesn't cause salt, and Hawass knows that perfectly well. However, high and steady lev... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by docyabut2 9 years ago
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 9 years ago
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. 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 http://cheops.org/
Comment icon #34 Posted by docyabut2 9 years ago
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 http://cheops.org/ 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 9 years ago
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. 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 9 years ago
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 favour...at least we might get chance to look under the paws of the Sphinx ....
Comment icon #37 Posted by kmt_sesh 9 years ago
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 favour...at least we might get chance to look under the paws of the Sphinx .... 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 h... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by Harte 9 years ago
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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