A collaborative effort between archeologists, physicists and historians has yielded the most significant discovery inside the Pyramid of Giza since the 19th century. Using particles fired at the Earth from space, in a process similar to an x-ray, scientists discovered a large void that appears to link the Grand Gallery to the King’s Chamber.
As reported by The Daily Mail, the new space’s purpose isn’t yet known, and it can’t be determined whether any artifacts reside in the void using the cosmic ray-based imaging process. However, what is known is that the space is a similar size to the Grand Gallery and that it appears to be an ascending corridor.
Since researchers have not actually entered the void, dubbed the ScanPyramids Big Void, it’s exact purpose or content is not readily known. It has also been stated that it may be one large space or several chambers or tunnels based on the images.
On theory is that the void is a “construction gap,” a space used by workers while the pyramid was being built. Another is that it could have been included in the pyramid’s design as a method of removing some of the weight on the Grand Gallery below.
According to Mehdi Tayoubi, the author of the reports and president and co-founder of the Heritage Innovation Preservation (HIP) Institute, “ScanPyramids Big Void is not a room or a chamber. We don’t know if it is horizontal or inclined, if it is composed by one or several successive structures, but it’s big.”
Tayoubi added, “This Big Void, with the same size characteristics as the Grand Gallery, could be successive chambers, a tunnel. Many hypotheses are possible.”
Even though the discovery of the void is significant, the structure has yet to be entered by a person.
“This structure is not accessible,” said Tayoubi, “we don’t see [that] people tried.”
He continued, “If you look at the Grand Gallery, to access the void which is above, so this void was hidden, I think, since the construction of the pyramid, it was not accessible.”
According to Tayoubi, “This was a study about physics, it was not about Egyptology. We are not claiming anything about interpretation for this void. We are just claiming that there is a void and that’s all.”
Built in 2550 BC during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu, the Great Pyramid is the last remaining ancient Wonder of the World. Even though it has been the subject of many scientific studies, there is still substantial academic debate regarding how it was constructed.