A hidden corridor discovered in Great Pyramid of Giza. Egyptian antiquities officials said on Thursday that a concealed passage of nine meters (30 feet) in length was discovered close to the main entrance of the 4,500-year-old Great Pyramid of Giza. According to the officials, this discovery could lead to more discoveries.
The Scan Pyramids project, which began in 2015 and has been using non-invasive technology such as infrared thermography, 3D simulations, and cosmic-ray imaging to peer inside the structure, is responsible for making the discovery that was made inside the pyramid. The pyramid is the only one of the ancient world's Seven Wonders that is still standing.
According to an article that was released on Thursday in the journal Nature, the discovery may contribute to understanding about the building of the pyramid as well as the purpose of a gabled limestone structure that sits in front of the hallway.
Around the year 2560 B.C., during the reign of the Pharaoh Khufu, also known as Cheops, a magnificent tomb known as the Great Pyramid was completed. Originally constructed to a height of 146 meters (479 feet), it now stands at a height of 139 meters and was the tallest structure produced by mankind until the Eiffel Tower in Paris was constructed in 1889.
According to Mostafa Waziri, the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, the unfinished corridor was probably created to redistribute the weight of the pyramid around either the main entrance now used by tourists, which is almost seven meters away, or around another as yet undiscovered chamber or space in the pyramid. The main entrance is almost seven meters away.
After a newsconference in front of the pyramid, he addressed the media and said that they are going to continue their scanning so they will see what they can do... to figure out what they can find out beneath it, or merely by the end of the corridor.
It is believed that five more rooms were constructed on top of the burial chamber of the king in a different section of the pyramid in order to spread the weight of the enormous edifice. Waziri also mentioned that it was feasible for the pharaoh to have more than one burial chamber.
After discovering the tunnel using cosmic-ray muon radiography, researchers were able to retrieve photos of it by inserting a Japanese endoscope that was 6 millimeters thick through a very small crack in the pyramid's stones.
The Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza, is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex located in Egypt. It is believed to have been built for the Pharaoh Khufu during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom period, around 2560 BC.
The Pyramid of Giza stands at a height of 147 meters (481 feet), and it was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years until the construction of the Lincoln Cathedral in England in 1311.
In 2017, researchers from Scan Pyramids revealed that they had found a vacuum inside the Great Pyramid that was at least 30 meters long. This was the first large interior structure to be found inside the pyramid since the 19th century.