by Micah Hanks November 3, 2017 (mysteriousuniverse.org)
• A new discovery has been revealed within the Great Pyramid, indicating a mysterious “void”. It is the first new discovery of an inner structure within the pyramid since the 19th century.
• The discovery was made by the “ScanPyramids Project” as part of a two year collaboration with Egypts’ Heritage Innovation Preservation Project.
• The void, over 100 feet in length, is located above the Grand Gallery. Archaeologists have been careful not to describe it as a new “chamber”.
• The ScanPyramids team were able to rely on muons – which are “heavy” electrons – to help detect structural changes within the pyramid.
• The New York Times has downplayed the discovery noting that the room was likely a structural necessity and not a special chamber, and questioned whether the study offered any new information.
• Egyptologist Yukinori Kawae told National Geographic that, “This is definitely the discovery of the century.”
It is one of the great wonders of the ancient world; since long before Herodotus first wrote of its magnificence, describing the casing stones and their curious characters, and the more than 100,000 men who labored for two decades to complete it, the Great Pyramid has towered over the Earth, and the imaginations of men across the globe.
Hence it is with great intrigue that a new discovery has been revealed within the Great Pyramid, indicating a mysterious “void” estimated to be at least 100 feet in length. It is the first new discovery of an inner structure within the pyramid since the 19th century.
Mehdi Tayoubi, a co-founder of the nonprofit group that conducted the research, said of the discovery that, “No very big structure has not been discovered inside the Khufu pyramid since the Middle Ages,” emphasizing the significance of the new information.
Mirroring Tayoubi’s sentiments, Egyptologist Yukinori Kawae told National Geographic that, “This is definitely the discovery of the century.”
“There have been many hypotheses about the pyramid,” Kawae says, “but no one even imagined that such a big void is located above the Grand Gallery.”
Theories about the void (archaeologists have presently taken great care not to refer to the discovery as a “chamber”) range from an area engineered to relieve stress from the weight of large quantities of stone in the massive structure, to a possible cavity similar to that of the Grand Gallery itself.
The area is believed to have a cross section that bears similarity to the Grand Gallery in length and general size, and is estimated to be nearly 100 feet long (98 feet, by one estimate).
History tells us the Great Pyramid (or “Khufu’s pyramid” as it is also called, named after the Pharaoh to which it is attributed) was constructed around 2560. Traditions associated with the monument, along with interpretations of modern Egyptologists, relate that the structure was built to ensure the immortality of Khufu–a veritable god among men–as he passed into the afterlife.
The new discovery was truly a multidisciplinary effort, employing innovative physics along with archaeological research. With assistance from the Egyptian government, what is called the “ScanPyramids project” has been a two year collaboration with Egypts’ Heritage Innovation Preservation project, based out of Cairo University.
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