Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Hidden chamber is found deep within Egypt's Great Pyramid

ScanPyramids Big Void 3D Artistic view inclined option The newly discovered void is located above a huge known hall called the Grand
Heather Davidson | 03 November, 2017, 00:55

While erosion has reduced its initial 481-foot height to just over 455 feet, the pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for the 3,800 years directly following its construction around 2560 BC.

The Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Khufu, was built by Pharaoh Khufu, who ruled from 2509 to 2483 B.C. The pyramid is 140 meters tall and consists of three main rooms- the entrance hall, the king's chamber and the queen's chamber.

Though they don't know the precise dimensions, researchers say the hidden chamber is at least 100 feet long and located above a hallway about 155 feet long, known as the Grand Gallery, part of a maze of passages inside the pyramid.

"We don't know whether this big void is horizontal or inclined".

"We felt very excited as we understood that we may have found something big", Tayoubi, who is the co-director of the ScanPyramids mission, told Seeker. "We know that [it] has the same characteristics as the Grand Gallery - which is an 8-metre-high structure, 47 metres long".

The more research is revealed about the Great Pyramid, the more Egyptians' thoroughly natural architectural processes come to light.

Experts are still divided over how it and other pyramids were constructed, so even relatively minor discoveries generate great interest.

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The goal of the space is unclear, and it is not yet known whether it was built with a function in mind or if it is merely a gap in the pyramid's architecture.

According to Nature, the large, previously unknown "big void" inside the Great Pyramid is the first major interior structure found there in well over a century.

What lies in the middle of the structure has been subject to debate for years as researchers were unable to get a look inside.

The scientists made the discovery using cosmic-ray imaging, recording the behaviour of subatomic particles called muons that penetrate the rock similar to X-rays, only much deeper. Scientists say the particles penetrate any material that made them the ideal tool to X-ray the pyramid with.

"The good news is the void is there".

Muon detection has improved significantly since it was developed in the 1960s, so Tayoubi and his colleagues were able to use three advanced muon-detection techniques-nuclear-emulsion films, hodoscopes, and ardon gas-based detection.

Its discovery was born out of the worldwide ScanPyramids project launched in 2015 that aims to use the latest in imaging technology to map the structures without disturbing them. "I think it's now time for Egyptologists and specialists in ancient Egypt architecture to collaborate with us, to provide us with some hypotheses", he said.

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