A large group of Egyptian researchers recently reported that a newly-found thermal anomaly in the Great Pyramid may indicate secret chamber or even a tomb that may hold the remains of Khufu, the lost pharaoh.
The thermal anomaly was found during an ongoing project designed to thermally scan Egypt’s pyramids, and researchers believe that it may indicate the location of an open space within the pyramid that was not yet discovered.
Archeologists and explorers looked for Khufu’s lost tomb for nearly two centuries, but they failed to find it. In the early 1800, an explorer resorted to gunpowder explosions to find hidden rooms inside the Great Pyramid with no success.
Yet, the project dubbed ‘Scan Pyramids’ adopted a much milder approach. It used thermal scanning, radiography and 3-D models to estimate the approximate position of hidden tombs and chambers. So far, researchers were able to scan two pyramids in Giza – the Great Pyramid of Khufu and pyramid of Khafre – and two smaller pyramids located in Dashur, which were built by Khufu’s father and Khafre’s grandfather, Snefru.
The pyramid that supposedly hosts pharaoh Khufu’s remains was named the Great Pyramid because it is the largest pyramid on the planet.
Snefru, Khufu and Khafre, whose pyramids are currently being scrutinized, represent three distinct generations of rulers that reigned over Egypt about 4,500 years ago. The thermal data that is now gathered by scientists will help them better understand how the structures were built, how construction methods changed over time, and learn whether there are any hidden rooms left undiscovered.
Researchers with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities reported that all scanned pyramids displayed thermal anomalies. Nevertheless, the anomalies may have other explanations including a different type of construction materials and internal air currents. But the hypothesis of hidden chambers or tombs within the pyramids is by far the most appealing.
Scientists found temperature anomalies in two areas of the Great Pyramid – on the eastern side close to ground level and on the top part of the structure. Although there may be other explanations for the phenomenon, the research team hope that they may have located hidden open areas.
In a recent press conference, the Egyptian Antiquities Minister speculated that the anomaly spotted near ground level may indicate the presence of an open area since the pyramid’s stones are all uniform.
On the other hand, neither the minister nor the researchers involved in the Scan Pyramids project said that the anomaly in the Great Pyramid may suggest a secret tomb. But the assumption that an undiscovered burial place still lies inside the structure is much older than the Scan Pyramids project.
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