Mysterious void discovered in Great Pyramid

'It's very big': Experts uncover mystery in Great Pyramid

THE Great Pyramid of Giza has just unlocked another mystery of ancient Egypt.

But what has become predictable for the pharaohs of old, the revelation is another mystery to unravel.

Scientists have discovered a hidden chamber in the ancient structure - one of the last surviving wonder of the ancient world - using cosmic-ray imaging, a technique that records the behaviour of subatomic particles called muons.

In an article published in the journal Nature, the international team said the hidden space was situated above the Grand Gallery, deep within the pyramid.

Scientists have found a hidden chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza.
Scientists have found a hidden chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza. Supplied

But what the chamber is or its purpose has completely stumped the experts.

"It could be composed of one or several structures," said Mehdi Tayoubi, a co-founder of the ScanPyramids project and president of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute.

"Maybe it could be another Grand Gallery. It could be a chamber, it could be a lot of things.

"The good news is that the void is there, and it's very big."

General view of pyramids from the Giza Plateau (from left: the Pyramid of Menkaure /Mykerinos/, Khafre /Chephren/ and Chufu /Cheops/ — known as the Great Pyramid and three small pyramids popularly known as Queens' Pyramids on front side.
General view of pyramids from the Giza Plateau (from left: the Pyramid of Menkaure /Mykerinos/, Khafre /Chephren/ and Chufu /Cheops/ — known as the Great Pyramid and three small pyramids popularly known as Queens' Pyramids on front side. Supplied

The Great Pyramid, also known as Khufu's Pyramid, has, along with its sister pyramids, been surrounded in mystery and is drawcard for travellers from around the world.

Scientists still debate over the construction of the pyramids, why they were built and, stoking some wild theories, the position of their sites.

And this latest discovery is sure to once again, stoke the flames of interest.


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