“I’m not saying it’s aliens, but… It’s aliens.”
Fans of the mysterious, rejoice: a hole the size of a plane has been discovered in the middle of the Great Pyramid! Exactly what secrets lie hidden inside this wonder of the world has been a subject of decades of scientific and public debate, drawing interest from every corner of the world. LadBible got sucked in too, it appears, and scientists discovered – wait for it – a ‘landing dock’ inside the Great Pyramid?
Speculations and wishful thinking aside, the unusually large chamber was detected during the ‘ScanPyramids’ project, a joint scientific mission led by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquity, the French HiP Institute, and Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering.
This sort of research hasn’t been conducted since the 19th century, which makes the latest finding very significant. The project is based on cutting-edge scientific techniques, with researchers using particle physics to look deep inside the structure without disturbing what’s inside.
It shouldn’t surprise you then that international partners of the ‘ScanPyramids’ project include Nagoya University, the French Alternative Energy and Atomic Energy Commision (CEA), the Japanese High Energy Accelerator Organization (KEK), the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA), The ICONEM preservation project, the Canadian Université Laval… And the list goes on. It’s like everyone’s CERN (and their mother) converged in order to scan the Great Pyramids.
This is serious people! But more exciting than serious!
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Intrigued yet? Well, it helps to know that the scientists are puzzled too. Mehdi Tayoubi, from the Parisian HiP Institute, explains the conundrum, “We don’t know whether this big void is horizontal or inclined; we don’t know if this void is made by one structure or several successive structures.” He then went on to add, “What we are sure about is that this big void is there; that it is impressive; and that it was not expected as far as I know by any sort of theory.”
The Great Pyramid, or Khufu’s Pyramid, was constructed during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu between 2509 and 2483 BC. It is the largest – and arguably the most well-known – of all the Egyptian pyramids located at Giza. Using cosmic-ray imaging, the Japanese and French scientists made the announcement after two years of extensive scientific work at the pyramid complex.
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The amazing discovery has already produced some theories as more and more scientists chime in to share their views. “It could be a kind of space that the builders left to protect the very narrow roof of the grand gallery from the weight of the pyramid,” American archaeologist Mark Lehner told the BBC’s Science In Action programme.
Lehner also provided some much-needed context: “Right now it’s just a big difference; it’s an anomaly. But we need more of a focus on it, especially in a day and age when we can no longer go blasting our way through the pyramid with gunpowder as [British] Egyptologist Howard Vyse did in the early 1800s.”