Corridor discovered in Egypt’s Great Pyramid that “may be protecting the true burial chamber”

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On Thursday, officials announced that scientists have discovered a hidden passageway inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid as part of a seven-year international research project. The corridor is 9 meters (30 feet) long and more than 2 meters wide, the Ministry of Antiquities said.

Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Ahmed Issa, informed reporters at the ancient site of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or Cheops, that the “corridor with a triangular roof” was found on the north face of the Great Pyramid of King Khufu.

The passage is 9 meters (30 feet) long and more than 2 meters wide, the antiquities ministry said in a statement.

The discovery is part of the ScanPyramids project, launched in 2015 as a collaboration between leading universities in France, Germany, Canada, Japan and a group of Egyptian experts. The project is overseen by archaeologist Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s former Minister of Antiquities, and uses advanced technology to visualize hidden parts of the pyramid’s interior without having to excavate it.

The technology used combines infrared thermography, muon radiography imaging and 3D reconstruction, all non-invasive and non-destructive techniques. The Great Pyramid is the largest pyramid at Giza, standing 146 meters high and is the only surviving structure of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Built some 4,500 years ago, it has three known chambers and, like other pyramids in Egypt, was intended to be the tomb of a pharaoh. Hawass told reporters Thursday that “there is a strong possibility … that the tunnel is protecting something. In my opinion, it is protecting the actual burial chamber of King Khufu.”

In 2017, ScanPyramids announced the discovery of a cavity the size of an airliner, the first major structure found inside the Great Pyramid since the 19th century.

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