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Mysterious void found inside Great Pyramid

Posted on Thursday, 2 November, 2017 | Comment icon 1560 comments

What lies inside the pyramid's hidden void ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Nina Aldin Thune
Japanese and French scientists have announced the discovery of what could be a large hidden chamber.
The tantalizing find was revealed following a two-year study involving the use of muography - a scanning technique capable of sensing density changes in rock structures - to look for evidence of secret rooms inside the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

The empty space that the researchers have discovered appears to be around 30 meters long and is situated above the Grand Gallery - the most striking of all the pyramid's internal passageways.

"We don't know whether this big void is horizontal or inclined; we don't know if this void is made by one structure or several successive structures," said Mehdi Tayoubi from the Paris HIP Institute.

"What we are sure about is that this big void is there; that it is impressive; and that it was not expected as far as I know by any sort of theory."

Exactly what could lie within this mysterious space remains, for the moment at least, unclear.

"It could be a kind of space that the builders left to protect the very narrow roof of the grand gallery from the weight of the pyramid," said archaeologist Mark Lehner.

There is also a chance however that it could be a whole new chamber filled with ancient treasures.

"What we are doing is trying to understand the internal structure of the pyramids and how this pyramid has been built," said Cairo University's Hany Helal.

Ultimately the plan is to try drilling a tiny hole in the adjoining wall so that a small robot can be sent through in to the hidden area to find out what might lie inside.

Permission from the Egyptian authorities will need to be given however before this can go ahead.

Source: BBC News | Comments (1560)

Tags: Pyramid, Egypt, Giza

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1551 Posted by stereologist on 18 January, 2018, 14:12
I just bumped into this:  
Comment icon #1552 Posted by Piney on 18 January, 2018, 15:15
Comment icon #1553 Posted by Quaentum on 18 January, 2018, 16:46
You mean this iron throne?  Sorry they already recovered it and put it on display for the Queen to see.  
Comment icon #1554 Posted by Kenemet on 18 January, 2018, 18:21
That's just jaw-droppingly stupid.  Seriously.
Comment icon #1555 Posted by mstower on 18 January, 2018, 19:20
Void speculation generator: Choose a “Gantenbrink’s Door” speculation. Choose a factor. Multiply the GD speculation by the factor. Post result. M.
Comment icon #1556 Posted by BorizBadinov on 18 January, 2018, 22:32
It's an archaeological lottery ticket. Al Capone's vault before its opened. What's in there? Oh it must be wonderful things! Make random claim and use the attention to boost followers, maybe even get a TV special because people will eat up outlandish claims. You can use this wild speculation probably for years with no real way to disprove it. Once the area is explored (if it ever is) and found empty you can claim well it could have been, which isn't technically false and blow it off. if what you claim is there by some miracle of chance you get to claim you knew all along. Winning!
Comment icon #1557 Posted by kmt_sesh on 18 January, 2018, 23:57
There are many, many fringies who expect to be able to do just that. Each has his own pet theme. Is there some way we can video all of them so that we can see their faces fall when reality intrudes?
Comment icon #1558 Posted by Swede on 19 January, 2018, 0:22
Chuckle! Of course, not likely to be practical. However, documenting the various prognostications (complete with any and all critical "citation" data, dates, etc.) may make for an interesting future read. Between contrasting and comparing the assorted propositions and the respective author's attempts to evade/redact their voiced positions, a notable amount of humor may well be derived. An amusing project to be sure. .
Comment icon #1559 Posted by Kenemet on 19 January, 2018, 3:18
So it's "Heisenberg's vault"... everything is in there, including Jimmy Hoffa's body, the Lost City of Atlantis, and humanity's moral compass.  Once it's opened, everything inside will vanish.
Comment icon #1560 Posted by kmt_sesh on 19 January, 2018, 3:50
Not quite everything. You have to save a few things for the Hall of Records under the Sphinx. Doh! It is dangerous to feed the fringe.

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