Secret Chambers of the Great Pyramid

Here's an intriguing article about the possibility of two hidden chambers inside Giza's Great Pyramid. It's based on a very plausible theory of pyramid construction proposed by French engineer Jean-Pierre Houdin. Here's an excerpt:

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.

Jean-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 U.S. 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.

Perhaps someday we will find the treasures of the pyramid after all. Although the pyramids themselves a great treasure. And as any Egyptologist will tell you, the real treasures are the writings we find on walls and papyri. Perhaps though written literature will be in these chambers if they are found. Now that would be great!

2 comments:

  1. Egypt has always fascinated me. Last night, I watched a documentary on the 10 most amazing discoveries. So much remains buried deep in sand or under modern settlement sites that researchers doubt they will ever find all of it.

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  2. I know, isn't that so cool? I had the great fortune to spend a semester studying Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. I hope to go back to get my masters in Egyptology, but if the situation there worsens that won't be possible. :( They offer a class on Ancient Nubia that I'm absolutely dying to take.

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