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Archaeologist criticizes 'hidden chamber' find


Posted on Sunday, 5 November, 2017 | Comment icon 1560 comments

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)

Tags: Zahi Hawass, Pyramid

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1551 Posted by stereologist on 18 January, 2018, 14:12
I just bumped into this: https://www.yahoo.com/news/great-pyramid-void-may-contain-112002178.html  
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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