Experts believe they have discovered two unknown chambers inside the Great Pyramid of Giza. The largest pyramid in Egypt – also known as the Khufu Pyramid – was constructed for Pharaoh Khufu more than 4,500 years ago, and at 146 metres tall (481 feet) when it was first erected.
Researchers from different universities, companies and scientific institutes participating in the new revolutionary project called ScanPyramids use a mixture of innovative and new technologies such as infrared thermography, muon radiography, and 3-D reconstruction in order to identify the presence of unknown internal structures of the Pyramids.
Describing the muography technique to Discovery News earlier this year, researcher Mehdi Tayoubi said: “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.”
Using muography technique team of researchers claims they’ve found unknown cavity about 105 metres (345 feet) above the ground on the northeastern edge of the Pyramid, and another unknown void in the entrance gate behind the northern face. There’s no evidence of the two being linked in any way.
“We are now able to confirm the existence of a ‘void’ hidden behind the North Face, that could have the form of at least one corridor going inside the Great Pyramid,” the team said in a press release.
“The precise shape, size, and exact position of this void is now under further investigation. It should be done with the help of 12 new Muon Emulsion plates that are installed in the descending corridor, and will be collected by the end of October 2016.”
The ScanPyramids team is still acquiring muon data inside Khufu’s Queen Chamber with other emulsion films and an electronic scintillator. They expect to have the results of the analysis of those instruments during the first three months of 2017.