Egypt announces the discovery of a hidden tunnel in the Great Pyramid of Giza
Experts believe that the hole may hide the real burial chamber of King Cheops
A group of scientists discovered a hidden passage nine meters long and two meters wide in The Great Pyramid of Gizaannounced this Thursday, the 2nd, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities Egypt. The tunnel has a triangular roof and was “discovered on the northern face of the Great Pyramid of King Cheops,” said Tourism Minister Ahmed Issa in Giza, the plateau where the mausoleum built more than 4,500 years ago stands. The discovery was made thanks to the ScanPyramids project, an international scientific mission that studies the interior of the pyramids without the need for excavation. French, German, Canadian and Japanese universities collaborate on the project, in addition to a group of Egyptian experts. The mission has been analyzing the interior of the pyramid since 2015, using cutting-edge technology that allows you to see through the structures. These tools can reveal potential voids or unknown internal structures. According to archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who heads the scientific committee responsible, it is “very possible” that the tunnel “protects something”. “In my opinion, it protects the real burial chamber of King Cheops,” said the country’s former antiquities minister. The Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest of three in the Giza Necropolis, is the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing. At 139 meters high and 230 meters wide, it is adjacent to the Sphinx and the pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure. In 2017, ScanPyramids scientists discovered the presence of a large hole in the pyramid, the size of a passenger plane.
*With information from AFP