They find a tunnel in the pyramid of Giza so far unknown

An international team of researchers has unveiled the discovery of a long corridor inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, the first to be found on the northern side of the ancient structure.

There great pyramid of Giza, also known as Pyramid of Cheops, is one of the most emblematic archaeological monuments of our planet. More than four millennia after its construction, it continues to reveal many mysteries and continues to amaze us with new discoveries.

Recently, a group of researchers succeeded in tracing for the first time the position and dimensions of a mysterious tunnel discovered in the pyramid.

The hallway, which measures 9 meters (nearly 30 feet) by 2 meters (more than 6 feet), was found near the main entrance to the structure. The function of the chamber is currently unknown, although such tunnels often lead to new archaeological discoveries.

Location of the secret tunnel discovered in the pyramid of Giza. Credit: ABC

Analyze pyramidsthere assignment who has carried out the exploration project since 2016 and in which universities and international experts from France, Germany, Canada and Japan are cooperating with a group of Egyptian researchers, indicated that he used non-invasive technologies, such as scanners, infrared thermography, 3D simulations and cosmic ray images, to observe inside the structure of the already famous Egyptian pyramid.


The team found an opening between the stones of the Chevron, a solid stone construction, through which they were able to introduce a tube with an endoscope camera. The camera confirmed the existence of a hollow space in the pyramid.

The endoscope was inserted into the opening behind a chevron pattern in the wall of the pyramid. Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities / Scan Pyramids.

Subsequently, scientists fully uncovered this corridor by analyzing the so-called muon scans of the 4,500 year old Great Pyramid. Muons are negatively charged elementary particles that They form when cosmic rays collide with atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere.. These high-energy particles constantly rain down on Earth, but they interact differently with stone or with air.

3D model of the Great Pyramid. East-west sectional view of the Great Pyramid and also the frontal view of the Chevron area of ​​the north face. a) underground chamber, b) queen’s chamber, c) great gallery, d) king’s chamber, e) descending corridor, f) ascending corridor, g) al-Ma’mun corridor, h) herringbone area of ​​the face n, i) ScanPyramids Big Void with horizontal hypothesis (red hatching) and inclined hypothesis (green hatching).

This advanced technique, which detects cosmic radiation passing through the pyramid, made it possible to determine the size of the corridor and to obtain clear images of it. Ground penetrating radar was also used to collect information on the corridor.

“To our knowledge, this study is the first characterization of the position and dimensions of a vacuum detected by cosmic-ray muons with a sensitivity of only a few centimeters,” the researchers wrote in the study.

Borescope video footage shows an empty hallway with a vaulted ceiling. Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

Mostafa Waziridirector of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, explained that the tunnel was probably built as a functional architectural element, perhaps to relieve the weight of the pyramid on the main entrance, or on another hidden chamber which does not had not yet been discovered.

He Dr. Zahi HawassRenowned Egyptian archaeologist opened the door to speculation, saying: “I think there is something important under the corridor, it could be the real burial chamber of Cheops.”

Cheops was Pharaoh, who reigned between the year 2584 a. C. and 2558 a. C., who ordered the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The burial chamber of this pharaoh has not yet been found. His mummy remains untraceable, since his sarcophagus was found empty, despite the fact that the large rooms (the underground, the Queen, the Great Gallery and the King’s Chamber) were discovered in the 9th century and explored by archaeologists. .

Hawass pointed out that now the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities He will lead the investigations that will be carried out in this passage to see what can be found there. “We yearn to discover Pharaoh’s treasure,” he said.

This newly discovered tunnel it has not been seen by anyone for approximately 4,500 years. The discovery could contribute to learning more about the construction of the pyramid and perhaps lead to a discovery hidden for centuries.

The finding was published in the journal Nature.

References: Reuters/Live Science.

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