Researchers discover two cavities in Great Pyramid of Giza

Researchers discover two cavities in Great Pyramid of Giza

A fresh scan of the Great Pyramid of Giza has revealed two previously undetected cavities in the more than 4,500-year-old structure, researchers announced.

ScanPyramids, a partnership between the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and multiple global technology firms and universities, announced that a team of researchers used an imaging technology known as muography to peer inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu’s tomb.

They discovered two previously undetected cavities in the ancient structure -- a ‘void’ hidden behind the North Face and a second void behind the structure’s descending corridor.

Explaining the new technology, project co-director Mehdi Tayoubi said, “Just like X-rays pass through our bodies allowing us to visualize 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.”

The researchers also concluded that the void behind the North Face could have the form of a corridor passing inside the Great Pyramid.

ScanPyramids was launched in October 2015 by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities in partnership with Cairo University and the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute to gather more information about the huge ancient structures.

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