Uncovering the Mystery of the Great Pyramid of Giza: New Hidden Corridor Discovered

A remarkable discovery has been made in the 4500-year-old Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt – a hidden corridor nine metres long.[0] The discovery was announced on Thursday by the Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Ahmed Eissa, who said that it could lead to further findings.

The corridor was found close to the main entrance of the pyramid, and was mapped using cosmic ray muons and an endoscopic camera. It is thought to have been constructed as a functional architectural feature to redistribute the pyramid's weight, either around the main entrance or around another as yet undiscovered chamber or space.[1]

The discovery was made by the Scan Pyramids Project, a multinational study using the latest scientific equipment, including infrared thermography, photogrammetry, 3D scanners, and software reconstruction.[1]

The Great Pyramid at Giza was built by the pharaoh Khufu in the first half of the Old Kingdom period (26th century BC).[2] It is the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing and one of the largest ancient monuments in the world, formed of over 2.3 million stone blocks that were quarried from all around Egypt.[3]

Since 2015, the ScanPyramids team has been using subatomic particles to probe the unknowns of the monument.[4] In 2017, they revealed a huge void – creatively dubbed the Big Void – situated above the pyramid's gallery, though the purpose of this void remains unknown.[4]

The new discovery of the hidden corridor is sure to further the understanding of how this incredible structure was constructed. It is hoped that further findings will be made in the near future.[5]

0. “Egypt reveals 9-meter long chamber inside Great Pyramid” ABC News, 2 Mar. 2023, https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/egypt-reveals-9-meter-long-chamber-inside-great-97576531

1. “Egypt Unveils Discovery of Hidden Tunnel in Great Pyramid of Giza | Sada Elbalad” See, 2 Mar. 2023, https://see.news/egypt-unveils-discovery-of-hidden-tunnel-in-great-pyramid-of-giza

2. “Hidden corridor in Egypt's Great Pyramid mapped with cosmic rays” New Scientist, 2 Mar. 2023, https://www.newscientist.com/article/2362300-hidden-corridor-in-egypts-great-pyramid-mapped-with-cosmic-rays

3. “Long-Lost Corridor Inside Great Pyramid Of Giza Revealed By Cosmic Rays” IFLScience, 2 Mar. 2023, https://www.iflscience.com/long-lost-corridor-inside-great-pyramid-of-giza-revealed-by-cosmic-rays-67781

4. “Scientists Map an Unexplored Corridor of Egypt's Great Pyramid Using Cosmic Rays” CNET, 2 Mar. 2023, https://www.cnet.com/science/scientists-map-an-unexplored-corridor-of-egypts-great-pyramid-using-cosmic-rays

5. “Scientists reveal hidden corridor in Great Pyramid of Giza” TODAY, 2 Mar. 2023, https://www.todayonline.com/world/scientists-reveal-hidden-corridor-great-pyramid-giza-2120616

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