Have archaeologists jumped the gun ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Jerzy Strzelecki
Zahi Hawass has spoken out about the recent discovery of a large void in the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Hawass, who used to be the Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs and now heads up the ScanPyramids science committee, is somewhat less impressed by the find than most.
While the overall response to the discovery within the archaeological community has been generally favorable, Hawass has indicated that talk of a hidden chamber may be rather premature.
"The pyramid is full of voids and that does not mean there is a secret chamber or a new discovery," he said. "[ScanPyramids] showed us their conclusions, and we informed them this is not a discovery."
Mustafa Waziri, head of the government's antiquities council, also criticized the announcement.
"The project has to proceed in a scientific way that follows the steps of scientific research and its discussion before publication," he said in a statement on Friday.
While these latest developments do not rule out the possibility of finding a hidden chamber, it seems that someone may have jumped the gun somewhat in revealing the news to the public.
No doubt further information will surface over the coming weeks.
The original story about the discovery can be found - here
Source: Phys.org | Comments (1560)
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