A new scan using the latest technology inside one of the Great Pyramids at Giza revealed a newly discovered sealed-off chamber more than 30 feet in length and over 6 feet wide, adding even further mystery to the monument.
Scientists shocked after newest technology reveals previously unknown chamber inside Great Pyramid
Last week, authorities from Egypt’s antiquities announced that archaeologists using the latest scanning technology discovered a previously unknown sealed-off chamber at one of the Great Pyramids just outside Cairo.
The discovery of a corridor, measuring nearly 30 feet in length and over six feet and width, was made above the main entrance on the northern side of the Pyramid of Khufu, NPR reported.
The discovery follows a similar one made in the same pyramid in 2017 when archaeologists found another sealed-off chamber spanning roughly 98 feet.
This latest discovery is part of the Scan Pyramid project, which began in 2015.
Purpose of chamber and how it was created remains a mystery
Scientists admit they do not know what the function of the chamber was. Compounding the mystery, the chamber is not accessible from the outside.
“There are two large limestones at the end chamber, and now the question is what’s behind these stones and below the chamber,” said Christian Grosse, Professor of Non-destructive Testing at the Technical University of Munich and a leading member of the project.
The Pyramid of Khufu is named after its builder, a Fourth Dynasty pharaoh who reigned from 2509 to 2483 B.C., Yahoo reported. It is one of three pyramids that make up the Great Pyramids at Giza complex. The age of the Pyramid of Khufu is estimated to be at least 4,500 years.
Similar mysteries at the great pyramid of Giza
In 2021, an international group of scientists used a revolutionary technology that allowed them to study the Great Pyramid of Giza in unprecedented detail, thearchaeologist.org reports.
These new scans also revealed unprecedented details pertaining to the internal structure of the pyramid.
The scanning project began in October 2015, but it wasn’t until 2021 that researchers published a paper in the journal Nature. Scientists announced they had discovered a massive void which they dubbed the “big void” inside the pyramid just above the green gallery that measured at least 100 feet in length. It was the first major discovery at the great pyramid of Giza since the 19th century.
The researchers admitted that although archaeologists still have not discovered what tools and technologies the ancient builders of the pyramids used, the more researchers apply modern technologies in their investigation, the more they realize that the great pyramid is far more mysterious than scientists had imagined, finding more hidden within its chambers and rooms than was ever thought to have existed.