A hidden corridor that could lead to the burial chamber of Pharaoh Cheops. This is what researchers have discovered in the Great Pyramid of Giza thanks to a study with cosmic rays, a technology that could help solve the mystery of this pyramid, the only ancient wonder of the world that is still standing and where neither the mummy nor the pharaoh’s treasure have been found to date.
The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the ScanPyramids project team announced the find on Thursday. The minister, Ahmed Eissa, has detailed that the scientists “have discovered a corridor whose ceiling has a ‘chevron’ design with an extension of 9 meters deep and 2.10 meters wide“.
The secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, has indicated that, according to his theory, the corridor discovered at the north entrance of the pyramid would be “to relieve the pressure of another corridor that is not yet known where it leads.” “We aspire to discover the treasure of king Cheops since the treasures of all the kings have already been found, except Cheops. And this is the mystery “, he has exposed her.
According to the famous Egyptologist Zahi Hawas, head of the scientific committee responsible for ScanPyramids, it is “a great discovery” since Cheops is the “only pyramid” that has three levels in which he believes that in the investigated structure “is hiding something” or is “protecting something else”seven meters below that corridor.
“So far the true burial chamber of Cheops has not been discovered.. So, the hypothesis is that it is hiding or protecting the Cheops burial chamber that has not been discovered so far, “she has pointed out, qualifying the finding as”the most important discovery of the century“.
cosmic ray technology
The Great Pyramid of Cheops, the highest of all With its 146.59 meters and the most important building of the Old Kingdom, it was built during the reign of Khufu (between 2550 and 2527 BC), the second pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty, whom Herodotus called Cheops.
In statements to Efe, Mohamed Mohi, assistant coordinator of the ScanPyramids project, stated that his team is “scientific” and leaves “the archaeological hypotheses to Egyptologists”, but he explained that they have made a scanner with infrared rays, with a georadar and with a radiography with cosmic rays known as ‘muons’, which are activated when subatomic particles from outer space come into contact with the Earth’s atmosphere.
A non-invasive technique that is being used in different fields, especially in archaeology. “Thanks to this we have been able to reach a exact and confirmed conclusion that there is a corridor here“, he has summarized. From a hole in the pyramid they have been able to introduce an endoscope to discover that void, without using destructive means for antiquity, as he has clarified.
The ScanPyramids project was launched in 2015 under the umbrella of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities to decipher the interior of the three pyramids of Giza and experts from Japan, France, Canada and Egypt participate in it. In 2017, the team revealed in a study published in ‘Nature’ that they had detected a new hole about 30 meters long and of unknown use in the Cheops pyramid, a discovery then harshly criticized by the Ministry, which accused it of having hasty and using propaganda terms in the publication of the study.