It seems that the land of wonders will never stop inspiring the world and motivate it to dig deep and come up with more research and investigations related to its ancient antiquities. Recently a “Big void ” has been discovered within the pyramid of Khufu at the pyramid complex in Giza governorate.
According to BBC Japanese and French scientists made the announcement after two years of consecutive study at the famous pyramid complex. They have been using a technique called muography, which can sense density changes inside large rock structures. Scientists do not know yet, why the cavity exists or if it contains something valuable, as the void is not accessible. Samir Abbas, Egyptian tour guide who wrote a research paper about the discoveries of the grand pyramid, told MEO, that this is not the first time that such similar scanning research take place at the pyramid complex.
The first scanning research was conducted by Japanese researchers towards the end of the 80’s ; they actually discovered a rectangular empty space within the pyramid but they did not discover the reason behind the presence of such an empty space. Between 2005 and 2007 a French archeologist along with a big team of Egyptian and non Egyptian archeologists came with a new theory that explains that the empty spaces within the grand pyramid, are actually internal ramps that has been used to move the big blocks of the grand pyramid during the construction phase; though the common theory is that the blocks has been moved using external ramps. “I would actually say that this theory, of the internal ramps, might explain the reason of the big void that has been recently discovered,” says Samir Abbas.
Related to the recent discovery of the big void within the pyramid, Abbas says that researchers used a very sensitive technique called muography, which is an imaging technique that produces a projectional image of a target volume by recording elementary particles, called muons. Muography utilizes muons by tracking the number of muons that pass through the target volume to determine the density of the inaccessible internal structure.
He explains that they found a void within khufu pyramid. “The void is present above the entrance that is used today by visitors to enter the big pyramid; it is roughly 100 feet long and no one knows if it is empty or there is something hidden in it,” says Abbas. Abbas notes that there is an assumption that this void might contain the funeral furniture of the king that were never found. “If such a discovery is made, it will be a massive one.” The Egyptian tour guide Samir Abbas informed MEO that a press conference will be held soon by the Ministry of State for Antiquities, to talk about the new discovery in details.