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Scientists have discovered a hidden passage inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid, authorities announced Thursday, part of a seven-year international research project.
The passage is nine meters (30 feet) long and more than two meters wide, the antiquities ministry said in a statement.
Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Ahmed Issa, told reporters at the Giza ancient site, also known as the Khufu, or Cheops, Pyramid, that the “gable corridor” with a triangular roof “was found on the north side of King Khufu’s Great Pyramid. .” “.
The discovery was part of the ScanPyramids project, launched in 2015 as a collaboration between major universities in France, Germany, Canada and Japan and a group of Egyptian experts.
Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s former antiquities minister, heads the committee overseeing the project, which uses advanced technology to visualize hidden parts of the pyramid’s interior without having to excavate it.
The technique is a mix of infrared thermography, muon X-rays and 3D reconstruction — all of which the researchers say are non-invasive and non-destructive techniques.
The Great Pyramid is the largest at Giza, 146 meters high, and the only surviving structure of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Built around 4,500 years ago, it has three known chambers and, like other pyramids in Egypt, was intended as a pharaoh’s tomb.
Hawass told reporters at the pyramid on Thursday that “there is a strong possibility… 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 passenger plane-sized cavity, the first major structure found inside the Great Pyramid since the 19th century.