Due to its antiquity and all the research that has taken place over the years in the Great Pyramid of Giza, EgyptYou never know what new things you may find. And this is what has recently happened. They have managed to map a 30-foot-long hidden corridor near the main entrance, which could lead to new finds.
The discovery inside the 4,500-year-old pyramid was made under the Scan Pyramids project which since 2015 has been using non-invasive technology including infrared thermography, 3D simulations and cosmic ray imaging to look inside. The corridor was discovered years ago, but the researchers did not want to damage the monument in order to gain access.
Using a technique called cosmic ray muon radiography (Extremely High Energy Subatomic Particles) developed by academics at Nagoya University, Japan, an international team of researchers were able to confirm that the corridor was nine meters long, with a cross section of approximately two meters by two meters.
“We’re going to continue our scan to see what we can do… to find out what we can find below, or just down the hall, of this corridor.”he told reporters after a press conference in front of the pyramid.
The corridor was discovered in 2016, but the researchers did not want to damage the monument to gain access
As for this technology that really sounds very strange, commenting that these particles are a natural form of radiation resulting from cosmic rays and are constantly bombarding the Earth’s surface.
In the technique, the researchers use muon detectors placed at various points around the monument. The muons are partially absorbed by the stone used to build the pyramids, which means that the method allows researchers to identify voids within the structure.
After analyzing the discoveryexplain that “the corridor was probably created to redistribute the weight of the pyramid around the main entrance now used by tourists, almost twenty feet away, or around another yet to be discovered chamber or space”said Mostafa Waziri, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.
Two teams installed seven detectors within two corridors of the pyramid over a three-year period, from 2016 to 2019, that were able to capture these muons, Thus, first discovering the broker and then being able to establish its characteristics.
Following this find in the Great Pyramid of Giza, it is believed that five rooms were built over the king’s burial chamber in another part of the pyramid to redistribute the weight of the massive structure. It was possible that the pharaoh had more than one burial chamber.