A Great Void lies within the Great Pyramid

A Great Void lies within the Great Pyramid

The Great Pyramid of Egypt has always been one of the most mysterious wonders of the world. It is the only Ancient Wonder of the World that is still standing. It has shocked many because of its extraordinary structure. The latest discovery about it has not disappointed us in that regard and has dazzled everyone. This is the first major finding of this pyramid since the 19th century. Peter Der Manuelian, who is expert in ancient science, acknowledged it by calling it “a significant discovery” although he was not part of the researching team.

According to scientists, there is a huge void in it which is at least 100 feet long. The dimensions of this space are very much like the Grand Gallery of the pyramid. This is the path that leads to the famous burial chamber of Khufu. It has opened up an entirely new Pandora Box about what exists in that area of the pyramid and a massive question that arises is that could there be more of such places? Researchers have no answer to this question at least for now. According to Manuelian, “Precisely what it means, however, is still not clear.”

The team that took part in this research includes scientists from different parts of the world. They are associated with ScanPyramids. They used a modern technology to see through the granite and limestone walls of the pyramid. That device is used only for experiments related to Particle Physics. They tracked the movement of ‘muons’, a particle used for experiments. It is created when cosmic rays collide with the atoms in the upper atmosphere. Their size is smaller than atoms and that is why there are considered the sub-atomic particles. They lose energy on passing through different objects. This causes them to decay, eventually.

The detectors used by the scientists have the ability to count the number of muons that pass through it. The walls of the pyramid have the potential to absorb these particles and open spaces will result in more muons coming out. The doubt originated in the minds of researchers when they were examining the regions of Queen’s chambers. The count of muons was much more than expected.

An illustration of the newly discovered void in Khufu’s Pyramid, courtesy of ScanPyramids mission.

The experiment was repeated thrice by different members but results were same each time. The mechanism adopted by researchers was to follow the trail of muons by using a sensitive film which produced silver on reacting with them. The trail explained that a lot of muons were coming out from a region above Grand Galley. Its direction was from North to South. The reactions were described by one of the representatives of the research team, Mehdi Tayoubi, as he said:

“Our first reaction was a lot of excitement. We said: ‘Wow! We got something big.’”

About the idea of exploring it any further by making use of intrusive techniques, Muhammad Ismail, the spokesperson for Antiquities Ministry of Egypt said,

“It’s the Great Pyramid, we can’t touch it. Even if it is a different team with the same technology. Any intrusive technique is out of the question.”

Processes like drilling and inserting a camera are prohibited for sake of preserving this mega structure which is about 455 feet high. Despite the fact, that Ismail thinks that this finding will make it a topic for discussion around the world, he clarified a lot of rumors and said,

“There is no scientific, archaeological or historical evidence that corroborates this. If there is another burial chamber, there would have been an entrance to it.”

It is believed that this discovery will help in solving the mystery of how this pyramid was built. Prior to this achievement, three rooms have been located inside the Great Pyramid. One of those is already discussed which is the Grand Gallery. Other two places are King’s and Queen’s chamber. Yukinori Kawae, an archaeologist who has studied Egypt all his life said,

“This is definitely the discovery of the century. There have been many hypotheses about the pyramid, but no one even imagined that such a big void is located above the Grand Gallery.”

The significance of this incident can be figured out by considering the statement of Neural Akchurin, who is a physicist at Texas University, as he said,

“Imagine you’re an archaeologist and you walk into this room no one has walked in for [more than] 4,000 years. That’s huge — incredible!”

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