Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Egyptian antiquities officials announced, Thursday, the discovery of a hidden 9-meter-long passage near the main entrance to the 4,500-year-old pyramid of King Khufu, which may lead to more discoveries about Secrets of the great Egyptian civilization.
This discovery inside the pyramid, the only remaining landmark of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, comes within the framework of the “Scan Pyramids” exploration project, which was launched in 2015, and uses advanced scientific techniques, including infrared thermal imaging, ultrasound, and three-dimensional simulations. And muon particles, and georadar devices to look inside the structure, according to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
During a review of the details of the discovery of a gabled corridor in the northern façade of the Great Pyramid of King Khufu, it is 9 meters long and more than 2 meters wide.Credit: MOHAMED ABOUELENEN/AFPTV/AFP via Getty Images
And the Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Ahmed Issa, announced, during a press conference held in front of the pyramid of King Khufu the Great, the discovery of a gabled corridor in the northern facade of the pyramid of King Khufu the Great, with a length of 9 meters and a width of more than two meters.
Issa emphasized the continuation of work and scientific research using advanced and safe technological and scientific methods to uncover more secrets of the ancient Egyptian civilization.
The Great Pyramid was built at a height of 146 meters as a huge tomb, around 2560 BC, during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu. At present, 139 metres, it was the tallest building in the world until the construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1889.
Tourists visit the Great Pyramid, Khufu, in the Giza Pyramids area. Credit: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images
During the press conference, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained that this corridor was reached by inserting a very small telescope with a camera at one of the openings at the entrance to the pyramid, which takes the gable shape.
Waziri suggested that the function of this corridor is to “reduce the pressure and weight of any structures located below it up to about 7 meters, and that the truss blocks that form the roof of the corridor distribute the weight above the corridor down and to the sides away from it, stressing that the coming months will tell us what it could be.” beyond this corridor, as another corridor may be revealed beneath it.”
He added that this conclusion was drawn as a result of the presence of many corridors similar to it, including those in the “Meidum” pyramid, and the burial chamber of King Khufu, over which 5 rooms were built to relieve the pressure of loads.
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For his part, Dr. Zahi Hawass stressed that this discovery is of great importance, describing it as the most important scientific discovery in the modern era and in the 21st century, in Egypt, inside the pyramid of King Khufu.
Houlis indicated the necessity of completing the research work and revealing more secrets related to this discovered corridor, and where it leads, pointing out that it is likely to lead to the burial chamber of King Khufu, which has not been found yet, especially since the antiquities of King Khufu have not even been found. now.
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