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Hidden corridor found in Great Pyramid of Giza

Hidden corridor discovered in Great Pyramid of Giza
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The Egyptian government made public the discovery of a hidden 9-metre-long and 2.10-metre-wide corridor behind the 4,500-year-old Great Pyramid of Giza, known as Khufu Pyramid, which “will lead to further findings”.

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa stated at a press conference on Thursday that “the discovery is a result of the international ‘ScanPyramids’ project that was launched in 2015 by the Ministry of Antiquities to study the structure of the pyramids without using harmful drilling methods” according to Xinhua news agency.

“It will lead to further findings,” he added.

He added that an international team of experts from Egypt, France, Germany, Canada, and Japan has been working on analysing a cavity behind the pyramid’s north face that was discovered in 2016.

Muons radiography, a non-invasive and non-destructive surveying technique, was used by the scientists.

At the same press conference, Mostafa Waziri, the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, stated that the unfinished corridor was most likely built to redistribute the pyramid’s weight around either the main entrance now used by tourists, which is nearly seven metres away, or around another as-yet-undiscovered chamber or space.

“We’re going to continue our scanning so we will see what we can do … to figure out what we can find out beneath it, or just by the end of this corridor,” he added.

Five rooms atop the king’s burial chamber in another part of the pyramid are also thought to have been built to redistribute the massive structure’s weight, he said, adding that the pharaoh may have had more than one burial chamber.

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the last of the Ancient World’s Seven Wonders that still stands today.

It was built as a massive tomb around 2560 BC during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu, or Cheops.

Built to a height of 146 metres (479 feet), it is now 139 metres tall and was the tallest human-made structure until the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1889.

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