Great Pyramid has two secret chambers: French architect

Date:

Share post:

A French architect campaigning for a new exploration of the 4,500-year-old Great Pyramid of Giza said on Thursday that the edifice may contain two chambers housing funereal furniture.

231647254405470Jean-Pierre Houdin — who was rebuffed three years ago by Egypt in his appeal for a probe into how the Pyramid was built — said 3-D simulation and data from a US egyptologist, Bob Brier, pointed to two secret chambers in the heart of the structure.

The rooms would have housed furniture for use in the afterlife by the pharaoh Khufu, also known as Cheops in Greek, he told a press conference.

“I am convinced there are antechambers in this pyramid. What I want is to find them,” he said.

In March 2007, Houdin advanced the theory that the Great Pyramid had been built inside-out using an internal spiral ramp, as opposed to an external ramp as had long been suggested.

He proposed mounting a joint expedition of Egyptian antiquities experts and French engineers, using infrared, radar and other non-invasive methods to check out the hypothesis.

The idea was nixed by Egypt’s antiquities department. A Canadian team from Laval University in Quebec will seek permission this year to carry out thermal imaging from outside the Pyramid to explore the theory, Houdin said.

Houdin said a pointer to the antechambers came from the existence of such rooms in the pyramid of Snefru, Khufu’s father. It was possible a similar design was retained for the Great Pyramid.

In addition, blocks in the northern wall of the king’s chamber in the Great Pyramid indicate an overlooked passage which led to the hypothesised chambers and also enabled the funeral party to exit, he added.


Source: AFP [January 27, 2011]


ADVERTISEMENT

spot_img

Related articles

Mesa Grande ruins to open to the public

Once the center of a thriving, powerful Hohokam village, the Mesa Grande ruins may be available for regular...

Walking the Great Wall

The story of the wall that is the longest man-made structure ever built started almost 2000 years ago....

How Native American agriculture spread bees in Pre-Columbian North America

Using genetic markers, researchers have for the first time shown how cultivating a specific crop led to the...

Ancient Syrian site discovered and destroyed by ISIS

When the Islamic State group captured Tal Ajaja, one of Syria's most important Assyrian-era sites, they discovered previously...

Parts of Pharaoh Psamtik I colossus statue recovered in Cairo

The Egyptian-German Archaeological Mission uncovered most of the remaining parts of the recently discovered colossus of 26th Dynasty...

High number of pesticides within colonies linked to honey bee deaths

Honey bee colonies in the United States have been dying at high rates for over a decade, and...

Climate change causes bees to fall out of sync with flowering plants

Climate change could be disrupting the relationship between bees and plants according to new research from the University...

Hematite-rich deposits in Capri Chasma

Capri Chasma is located in the eastern portion of the Valles Marineris canyon system on Mars, the largest...