Something strange is happening to one of the seven wonders of the world. The Great Pyramid of Giza (the Pyramid of Khufu), which is also the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex in Egypt, apparently has a plane-size hole in the middle of it. Scientists have been struggling to reveal what’s in the middle of the Great Pyramid for years now. Now, they finally discovered a whole room with an unknown purpose. Discovered as part of the ‘ScanPyramids’ project, it is the first of its kind to be made since the 19th century. The project’s researchers use particle physics to look deep inside the structure without disturbing what’s inside, and we can’t be more excited!
Mehdi Tayoubi from the HIP Institute, Paris, explains the discovery: “We don’t know whether this big void is horizontal or inclined. Or made by one structure or several successive structures.”
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“What we are sure about is that this big void is there; that it is impressive; and that it was not expected as far as I know by any sort of theory,” he added.
The Great Pyramid was constructed during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu between 2509 and 2483 BC. Japanese and French scientists have been working for two years now and now announced their discovery. They used cosmic-ray imaging as help.
American archaeologist Mark Lehner spoke with the BBC’s Science In Action program. “It could be a space that the builders left to protect the very narrow roof of the grand gallery from the weight of the pyramid.”
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“Right now it’s just a big difference; it’s an anomaly. But we need more of a focus on it, especially in a day and age when we can no longer go blasting our way through the pyramid with gunpowder as [British] Egyptologist Howard Vyse did in the early 1800s.”