Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities revealed on Thursday the discovery of a long corridor inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, the first to be found on the north side of the ancient wonder.
The corridor, which measures about 30 feet long by 6 feet wide, rises above the main entrance of the famous structure and was detected by a scanner, authorities said. The function of the chamber is currently unknown, although such corridors often lead to new archaeological discoveries.
The celebrated Zahi Hawass and the country’s Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Eissa, announced the discovery at the base of the pyramid.
Mostafa Waziri, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities was also present, who told reporters that the tunnel was likely built as a functional architectural feature to relieve the weight of the pyramid, possibly on either side of the main entrance.
The Scanning Of Pyramids Of Giza
The chamber was discovered by Scan Pyramids, an international project launched in October 2015 that combines various non-invasive and non-destructive techniques with the goal of better understanding the structure and its construction processes and techniques. The team currently uses infrared thermography, muon tomography, 3D simulation, and reconstruction techniques.
It was these non-invasive techniques that detected an empty space behind the north face of the Great Pyramid, some 7 meters above the main entrance, in an area where there is a chevron-shaped stone structure.
Further radar and ultrasound tests were carried out before inserting a 6 mm wide (0.24 in) scope through a small seam between the stones that form the chevrons.
The camera footage shows an empty corridor with walls made of roughly hewn stone blocks and a vaulted stone ceiling.
“We’re going to continue our scan to see what we can do… to find out what we can find below it, or just at the end of this corridor,” Waziri said.
It is also worth noting that – although not mentioned in the recent announcement – a second larger void within the pyramid was detected using muography in 2017. It is estimated to be 30 meters long and several meters high and is located directly above the Grand Gallery.
Source: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities/BBC
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