Muography helps scientists locate 'a large void' inside Egypt's Great Pyramid
New Delhi : The Great Pyramid or Khufu’s Pyramid, built around 4500 years ago, still contains secrets untapped. The scientists have recently discovered a large empty space within Khufu's pyramid that may indicate the presence of a hidden chamber.
The fear of damage to the historic monument has kept the archaeologists away from a few rooms inside the monument for years. But now, a new technology has enabled them to locate pyramid's hidden chambers without destroying it.
The archaeologists discovered the space using muography, a technique that utilizes an elementary particle (called a muon) capable of penetrating dense matter.
Through this technique, scientists were able to uncover a large void above the Great Gallery. About 70 feet above ground level, it is at least 100 feet long. While the researchers want to avoid using the word "chamber" explicitly at this point, as they stressed in a recent press conference, they are still examining possibilities as to what space could be.
Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities is very strict in its regulation of the historical sites. Thus, it will be very unlikely that the scientists will get permission to drill or dog inside the pyramid to confirm the findings and/or explore the possible treasures hidden in the chamber.
According to experts, it is possible that space might be completely empty, making the effort futile.
The Great Pyramids are one of the Wonders of the World and were built nearly 5,000 years ago, and many mysteries still remain regarding their construction, and the transportation of the materials used to build them.
The Pharoah Khufu's pyramid is the largest one in Giza. Built during the Fourth Dynasty of Egypt, Khufu's pyramid was the tallest construct on Earth for almost 4,000 years.