More rooms in the Great Pyramid of Giza are revealed with the aid of modern, non-invasive techniques.
Probing need not be invasive even if it involves exploring the Great Pyramids of Giza.
Cairo University’s ScanPyramids team has been turning out new discoveries about the Great Pyramid of Giza even if they aren’t on site most of the time.
The famous Egyptian pyramid which has stood for more than four millennium now continue to surprise experts for there are more hidden rooms showing up of late.
Earlier, the team discovered a hidden room in its northeastern portion. It measures more than 100 meters from floor to ceiling. Following this discovery, another cavity was found in the northern portion of the monument.
The ScanPyramids program is spearheaded by the Ministry of Antiquities Authority of Egypt. The program explores the interior of Giza pyramid through non-invasive means including infrared thermography, aerial photography, and scanning.
The program, which commenced October last year, is about to conclude this month.
While the team is scanning on several pyramids in Giza and Dahshur necropolis, it’s main focus is the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and biggest monument where the great Pharoah Khufu is entombed.
The team unearthed the two new rooms through laser scanning but more scans are needed to come up with a more magnified view. By then, they might be able to determine the purpose for which they were built several millennials ago.
While each new discovery about Egyptian tombs and hidden rooms continue to fire people’s imagination, still there are others who view these as insignificant, citing that they are simply hollow structures that form part of the entire building and nothing more.
According to a former official of the Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs, scientists who are part of the program may lack in-depth archeological knowledge and experience. The official said they are not archeologists and so may not have a keen understanding of its form and structure.
These structures were built using big and small blocks of stones, hence, the so-called new found “cavities” may be simply incongruities resulting from building a pyramid, he added.