Great Pyramids mystery: Discovery of void leaves us full of questions

Great Pyramids mystery: Discovery of void leaves us full of questions

It towers over the Giza complex on Cairo's outskirts alongside smaller pyramids for kings Menkaure and Khafre and the Great Sphinx.

Built over 4,500 years ago during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu, the pyramid has been home to thousands of archeological studies.

An global team of researchers identified a large internal cavity at least 30 metres long above the Grand Gallery - a steeply slanted passageway which connects two other chambers, known as the "Queen's Chamber" and the "King's Chamber".

"We felt very excited as we understood that we may have found something big", Tayoubi, who is the co-director of the ScanPyramids mission, told Seeker.

The report says the mysterious void is 98 feet long and sits above the structure's Grand Gallery, located in the center of the landmark.

To this day, the Egyptian pyramids remain a marvel of engineering with archaeologists still racking their brains to figure out how the ancient Egyptians were able to carry out such an endeavur. This count then gives you an idea about the density of the object the muons have travelled through - that's how the researchers found this big void in Khufu's Pyramid - also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza.

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"All we know is that we have a void, we have a cavity, and it's huge, which means possibly intentional and certainly worthy of further exploration", Manuelian says, noting that it's not yet clear whether it's a single chamber or more than one.

"This void was hiddien in the construction of the pyramid".

"We don't know if the void is made by one structure or several successive structures".

"To better understand its (Khufu's) internal structure, we imaged the pyramid using muons, which are by-products of cosmic rays that are only partially absorbed by stone", they said.

What lies in the middle of the structure has been subject to debate for years as researchers were unable to get a look inside. The particles function like x-rays but can penetrate stone hundreds of meters thick. "The good news is that the void is there, and it's very big", he said.

The fact that we're only now discovering it could be due to the fact that researchers were using highly advanced technology when they detected the space. "I think it's now time for Egyptologists and specialists in ancient Egypt architecture to collaborate with us, to provide us with some hypotheses", he said. Egyptologists banned the use of destructive methods to study the pyramids.

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