I’ve enjoyed secrets of the great pyramids since I was a kid, so I find this exciting: a new large chamber has been located with a new form of imaging. So far it is unknown from the data returned what is in the chamber or even the exact size and tilt of the walls and floor, but it seems big, at least 100 feet long.
Scientists using an imaging method based on cosmic rays have detected a large and enigmatic internal structure in the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing, the massive Great Pyramid of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo.
Researchers announced the discovery on Thursday but said they did not know the purpose, contents or precise dimensions of what they are calling a “void” or “cavity” inside the pyramid, built as a monumental tomb around 2560 BC.
To peer inside the pyramid, the scientists used an imaging technique called muon tomography that tracks particles that bombard Earth at close to the speed of light and penetrate deeply into solid objects.
They said the newly discovered internal structure was at least 100 feet (30 meters) long, and located above a hallway measuring about 155 feet long (47 meters) called the Grand Gallery, one of a series of passageways and chambers inside the immense pyramid. The researchers said it constitutes the first major inner structure found in the Great Pyramid since the 19th century.
“What we are sure about is that this big void is there, that it is impressive, that it was not expected by, as far as I know, any kind of theory,” said Mehdi Tayoubi, president and co-founder of the HIP Institute in France, one of the leaders of the study published in the journal Nature.
… “We are not doing this mission in order to find hidden cavities,” Helal said.
Muon particles originate from interactions between cosmic rays from space and atoms of Earth’s upper atmosphere. The particles can penetrate hundreds of yards (meters) into stone before being absorbed. Placing detectors inside a pyramid can discern cavities within a solid structure.
What do you wish they’d find in there?
I’d like if that room is the control center for the simulation of this universe, a room with a terminal to the quantum computer that contains us all. Perhaps I’d like a cool looking alien sitting there at the terminal, kicking back and grinning when we finally dig in.
Second choice: A hall of records with the true history of humanity, lost science, and … an alien librarian sitting in there kicking back and grinning when we finally dig in.