The Great Pyramids of Giza may hold a secret
A group of archeologists and scientists have found what they are calling a “particularly impressive” anomaly. in one of the three Great Pyramids of Giza, located southwest of Cairo, Egypt. That could just be due to cracks in the pyramid’s underlying rock, or it could be something much cooler – a hidden chamber, for instance.
To be fair, the hopes of finding a hidden chamber do sound like wishful thinking. Maybe there is a map somewhere that a stalwart adventurer will discover one day with the help of his best, jeopardy-friendly gal and his lovable, but hapless sidekick. They will then fight off someone that wants to rule the world on their way to discovering Gilgamesh’s diamond encrusted back-scratcher or something.
On the other hand, a recent survey of King Tut’s tomb revealed the very real possibility of a hidden chamber (or chambers), and recent infrared scans have fueled that speculation. It will be months – maybe years – before we know for certain, but there is a lot of excitement focused on the tomb, and that seems to have inspired others to look a little deeper at structures we have taken for granted.
The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has been taking thermal scans of the Great Pyramids in Giza for the last few weeks, and it has found an anomaly on the largest of the three, Khufu (also known as Cheops), that has scientists buzzing.
The “Scan Pyramids” team took infrared readings of the pyramids at sunrise as the pyramids began to heat up, and sundown as the pyramids began to cool. The results should have been uniform, but instead, a section appeared to reflect what may be an open area behind it. Check out the image to the right for a closer look.
Of course, there are other, less cool possible reasons for the anomaly, like cracks in the rock beneath the pyramid’s face, or even a different type of stone. The recent discoveries at King Tut’s tomb, however, have people hoping for more.
“It could be void spaces, fissures or passages. So far, I don’t know,” Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty said.
To add to the tantalizing notion of a hidden chamber, three of the massive limestone blocks in the first row of the pyramid are “different in formation.” A similar formation was found on the pyramid’s eastern side.
Further scans confirmed “there is something like a small passage leading up to the pyramid ground, reaching an area with a different temperature,” Eldamaty said.
Again, it could all be nothing, but the Giza Pyramids were built 4,5000 years ago with secrets upon secrets upon secrets.
The Scan Pyramids project began on October 25, and will continue throughout 2016. We should hear more about it – and King Tut’s tomb – over the next few months.