Published: Sat, November 04, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Cosmic-ray imaging reveals mysterious 'void' in Great Pyramid of Giza

Cosmic-ray imaging reveals mysterious 'void' in Great Pyramid of Giza

The Great Pyramids of Egypt have been around for something like 5,000 years now and they've been an endless object of human fascination, so you'd think that after generations and generations of life between then and now, we would have discovered pretty much everything there is to know about these ancient triangular structures.

An global group of scientists has used modern technology to visualize the inside of the pyramid, according to an article published Thursday in the journal Nature.

"Overall, this discovery shows how the methods developed in particle physics can shed light on one of the most important heritage buildings, and it calls for more interdisciplinary collaborations to help understanding the pyramid and its construction process".

Now, new research into these vast structures has revealed something no one has seen for thousands of years: a giant void in an unmapped part of the Great Pyramid of Giza, according to National Geographic.

The article is signed by a team of Japanese, Egyptian, and French scientists.

The newly discovered aspect, which scientists found by using a technique similar to an X-ray, is about the same size as the Grand Gallery, so around 100 or so feet long.

By using detectors, scientists can count the number of muons passing through the pyramid.

The large space could be horizontal, or sloped like the Grand Gallery. In deciding how best to approach investigating the pyramid on a deeper level, Tayoubi and his colleagues knew they wanted to use "the best available non-destructive analytical techniques", he told NPR.

"It's the Great Pyramid, we can't touch it", said Mohamed Ismail, a spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

"Even if it is a different team with the same technology", Ismail said.

The Great Pyramid, or Khufu's Pyramid, was built during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops), who reigned from 2509 to 2483 B.C. It's the only one of the original seven wonders of the ancient world still standing.

Ismail hopes the published research will spark a scientific debate about why the void exists and what might be inside.

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