Offbeat Ancient Egypt: Secret Room Discovered in Great Pyramid

19:51  07 august  2017
19:51  07 august  2017 Source:   newsweek.com

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Updated | An international team of archaeologists believes it is on the cusp of pinpointing the location of a secret room hidden within the Great Pyramid of Giza as it uses cutting-edge laser technology to map the 4,500-year-old ancient Egyptian wonder.

  Ancient Egypt: Secret Room Discovered in Great Pyramid © Provided by IBT Media An international team of archaeologists believes it is on the cusp of pinpointing the location of a secret room hidden within the Great Pyramid of Giza as it uses cutting-edge laser technology to map the 4,500-year-old ancient Egyptian wonder.

Medhi Tayoubi, president of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute heading the ScanPyramids project, said that the team, which use infrared thermography to map sub atomic particles, had confirmed there was a hidden room inside the structure. Now the archaeologists need to find its exact location. We know there is a secret room, but not where it is," Tayoubi said according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

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of a secret room hidden within the Great Pyramid of Giza as it uses cutting-edge laser technology to map the 4,500-year-old ancient Egyptian Egypt ’s former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass characterized what had been discovered thus far as “anomalies” or “small voids” between the stones.

However, other archaeologists collaborating on the project are being more cautious in their projections. Egypt's former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass characterized what had been discovered thus far as “anomalies” or “small voids” between the stones.

In October last year the group announced their discovery of a previously undiscovered cavity 105 meters high in a north eastern section of the pyramid. It was hoped the discovery could be a corridor.

The Great Pyramid is also known as the Pyramid of Khufu for the fourth dynasty pharaoh who built it between  2580–2560 B.C. The modern tourist attraction has a rich and storied history of adventurer explorers searching for an elusive Pharaonic treasure inside. They often used methods less sensitive than lasers. In 820 A.D. the Caliph al-Mamoun began digging tunnels into the walls of the mammoth building in search of its secrets. The British and Italian 19th century Egyptologists Richard Vyse and Giovanni Battista Caviglia blasted holes in the pyramid using dynamite.

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A giant secret chamber has been discovered in the ancient Egyptian Great Pyramid of Giza. The 100 foot-long room was found using cosmic rays—particles that can be used to penetrate stone and reveal hidden, internal voids without needing to directly access the site.

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"Just like X-rays pass through our bodies allowing us to visualise our skeleton, these elementary particles, weighing around 200 times more than electrons, can very easily pass through any structure, even large and thick rocks, such as mountains," Tayoubi told Discovery News in 2015 when describing the 21st century techniques being used at Giza.

It is hoped the success of the new technology will lead to further discoveries. British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves believes the remains of the 14th century B.C. Egyptian queen Nefertiti were hidden in a secret chamber in the tomb of Tutankhamun. A team from Politecnico University in Turin, Italy will use methods used in medical scans creating magnetic fields to investigate the site in the Valley of the Kings once again.

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