The discovery is a major breakthrough in understanding one of the secrets behind the greatest archaeological monuments ever created in existence which can shed light on the mysteries behind the construction of the pyramid. The results of the "ScanPyramids" project were the product of the most advanced scientific technology was used in collaboration with the biggest collages and reacher facilities from France, Canada, Germany, and Japan who work with the most talented Egyptian experts under the supervision of the Ministry and the Supreme Council of Antiquities and under Supervision of an international scientific and archaeological committee headed by Dr. Zahi Hawass.
This incredible project took place in 2015 and in 2019, an international scientific committee of Experts specializing in archeology and pyramids was established headed by Dr. Zahi Hawass, and the membership of Dr. Mark Lehner from the United States of America, Dr. Miroslav Bárta from the Czech Republic, and Dr. Rainer Stadelmann & Dr. Dietrich Rau Raue from Germany. The work of this project was made under the guidance of the Supreme Council of Antiquities which organizes archaeological work in Egypt.
The discovery is able to show the presence on the northern face of the Great Pyramid of Khufu in the shape of a gabled corridor that possesses a length of 9 meters and a width of 2.10 meters.
An international team of researchers stated confirmed the existence of a massive empty space inside the pyramid of King Khufu in Egypt by observing the Muons which are elementary particles. It was the first discovery of its kind to take place in 186 years.
The press conference was attended by the Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Ahmed Issa, and the associate professor at Nagoya University in Japan, Morishima Kunihiro. The researchers said that they discovered the empty space in the form of a corridor that extends from near the northern slope of the pyramid toward its center. They say the corridor is two meters wide, high, and nine meters long.
The team used a cosmic ray muon radiography technique developed by Nagoya University and the Japan-based KEK High Energy Accelerator Research Organization. NHK collaborated with the team to shoot a video using vision devices.
Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities stated that:
This corridor was reached by inserting a very tiny telescope that holds a very advanced camera at one of the openings at the entrance to the pyramid which in turn the form of the truss. Many Egyptologists and archaeologists believe which has the function of this corridor is to reduce pressure and weight from any forms located below it up to about 7 meters, and that the truss blocks that form The roof of the corridor distribute the weight above the corridor downwards and to the sides away from it, stressing that the coming months will tell us what could be behind this corridor, as another corridor may be revealed under it.
He added that this conclusion was drawn as a result of the presence of many proverbs similar to such passages, including those in the Meidum pyramid, and the burial chamber of King Khufu, above which there are 5 rooms to relieve the pressure of loads.
He stressed that the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is always keen to use modern technology and the latest devices and equipment to reveal more secrets of the great Egyptian civilization, as it was used in a number of projects, most notably the archaeological survey project that took place inside the tomb of King Tutankhamun in Luxor.
Through a presentation, the ScanPyramids project reviewed during the conference the details of the project and its results, and the scientific steps that were taken until reaching today's discovery, which resulted in the existence of a gabled corridor in the pyramid.
He stressed that the modern technological techniques that were used to explore the stone truss area above the entrance to the descending passage at the northern façade of the Great Pyramid are completely safe and that they consist of five different technologies: infrared, muon particles, geo-radar, ultrasound, simulation, digital architectural analysis, and Three-dimensional scanning.
He pointed out that the scientific results of the modern measurements of the project were accepted for publication in the famous international scientific journals Nature and NTD&E last January, and they will be published after the end of the press conference.
Dr. Zahi Hawass also emphasized that the discovery is of great importance, describing it as the most important scientific discovery in the modern era and in the 21st century in Egypt inside the pyramid of King Khufu at the Giza pyramids complex. He also thanked the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities for the support it provided for the project, directing the need to complete its support to reveal more secrets about this discovered corridor and what it might lead to, pointing out that it is likely to lead to the burial chamber of King Khufu, which has not yet been found, especially And that the effects of King Khufu have not been found yet.
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