By Jair Martinez
The Khufu’s Great Pyramid at Giza is surrounded by mysteries—many of which include how people from that time were able to build such magnificent, and complicated, structures. Khufu is most famously known for having three large interior chambers and a series of passageways, the longest being the Grand Gallery of 47m-long and 8m-high. Now, scientists have discovered a new void located just above the Grand Gallery.
Japanese and French scientists made the announcement after two years of study at the famous pyramid complex (Nov 6, 2017). They have been using a technique called muography, which is an imaging technique that produces a projectional image of a target volume by recording elementary particles, called muons. Yet, the purpose of this newly discovered void is unclear. Many scientists theorize that it could be a kind of space that the builders left to protect the very narrow roof of the Grand Gallery from the weight of the pyramid, but others argue that it is too big of a void to have a pressure-relieving purpose.
We only know the location of the void as of now. Mehdi Tayoubi, from the HIP Institute in Paris, elaborates, “We don’t know whether this big void is horizontal or inclined; we don’t know if this void is made by one structure or several successive structures.” Hopefully, with further research, this new void will help answer some of the enigma that surrounds the Great Pyramids.