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Scientists discover secret tunnel in Great Pyramid of Giza

CAIRO: According to Egyptian antiquities officials, a concealed corridor nine meters (30 feet) long has been found close to the Great Pyramid of Giza’s main entrance, and this could lead to future discoveries.

The Scan Pyramids project has been utilizing non-invasive technologies to peep within the structure since 2015, using infrared thermography, 3D simulations, and cosmic-ray imaging. The pyramid, the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing, was where the finding was made.

The discovery may offer light on the building of the pyramid and the function of the gabled limestone building that stands in front of the passageway, according to a Thursday report in the journal Nature.

During the time of Pharaoh Khufu, or Cheops, the Great Pyramid was built as a colossal mausoleum in about 2560 BC. Up to the construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1889, it was the tallest man-made building, rising to a height of 146 meters (479 feet), however, it is now only 139 meters.

According to Mostafa Waziri, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, the incomplete corridor was probably built to rebalance the weight of the pyramid either around the main entrance, which tourists now use and is located nearly seven meters away or around another as of yet undiscovered chamber or space.

At a news conference in front of the pyramid, he informed reporters, “We’re going to continue our scanning so we will see what we can do… to figure out what we can find out beneath it, or just by the end of this hallway.

It is also believed that five rooms atop the king’s burial chamber in a different section of the pyramid were constructed to distribute the weight of the enormous building. Waziri noted that it was feasible for the pharaoh to have more than one burial chamber.

Cosmic-ray muon radiography was used to find the corridor, and photos of it were recovered by sending a 6mm-thick endoscope from Japan through a small crack in the pyramid’s stones.

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