Scientists have discovered, what could possibly be two secret chambers inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as Khufu's Pyramid. Since October 2015, the ScanPyramid project in Egypt has been using state-of-the-art technologyto take a closer look inside the world's last standing ancient wonder. Non-invasive infrared thermography, 3-D simulation, laser scanning, and cosmic ray muon detectors allow scientists and archaeologists to gather data that was once thought to be inaccessible.“Just like X rays pass through our bodies allowing us to visualize our skeleton, these elementary particles, weighing around 200 times more than electrons, can very easily pass through any structure, even large and thick rocks, such as mountains,” said founder of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute, Mehdi Tayoubi in an interview. This technology has also been used on the Bent pyramid and the Red pyramid at Dahshur.

Facts about Egypt's grand monument.

Khufu's Pyramid was built approximately 4,500 years ago. It is the oldest and largest of the Old Kingdom pyramids and sits beside Khafre's Pyramid in Giza. Built for the pharaoh Khufu, it was originally 480ft tall. Over the centuries, it has worn down with erosion to about 455ft. The location of the mysterious voids sits 345ft above the ground on the northeast corner of the pyramid. It was built using 2.3million stone blocks, some weighing up to 50 tons. It also sits in precise alignment with the Orion constellation, along with its neighbors, Khafre and Menkaure.

One of the most interesting facts about Khufu's Pyramid is that the interior stays at a consistent 68 Degrees Fahrenheit, a major difference from the city of Giza, which averages 86 Degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.

What does the Great Pyramid hide?

In 2015, archaeologist, Dr. Nicholas Reeves, theorized that the lost tomb of Queen Nefertiti may be hidden behind the burial chamber of her son, King Tutankhamen, in the Valley of the Kings. Her final resting place has yet to be found. Though she surely will not be found in Khufu's Pyramid, some believe these spaces might be hidden tombs.

Others are not so certain these voids are rooms at all.Zahi Hawass, former Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs and Director of the Giza Pyramids Excavation said in an interview, “I think there are no secret rooms and these anomalies have to do with the way the pyramid was built.” To know for certain, more data, such as photogrammetric mapping, must be gathered. The ScanPyramids project's request to continue research for another year has been granted by the Egyptian government. Perhaps next year Khufu's Pyramid will reveal more of its secrets.

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