Egypt announced the discovery of a hidden corridor inside the great pyramid of Khufu that was 9 metres long and 2 metres wide, during a press conference last Thursday.
Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa revealed the results of the “ScanPyramids” exploration project, while Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, talked about the details of this project.
Waziri explained that this important research project began in 2015 and is continuing until now, under the supervision and in cooperation with the ministry represented by the Supreme Council of Antiquities, the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, and the largest international universities from France, Germany, Canada and Japan, after the approval of the Permanent Committee of Egyptian Antiquities. An international scientific committee headed by Zahi Hawass and the membership of senior archaeologists specializing in pyramids from America, Germany and the Czech Republic is following up on the results and work of the work team since 2016 until today.
He pointed out that the project announced in 2017 revealed the existence of a void inside the pyramid, which was expected to exist.
During his speech, he also announced the results of the scientific research of the project, which were reached after inserting a telescope with a camera at one of the openings at the entrance to the pyramid, which takes the aesthetic shape. This showed that there is a corridor with a length of 9 meters and a width of 2.10 meters, and its ceiling takes the shape Al-Gamaluni, and it is likely that this corridor was found to relieve loads and pressure.
Waziri added that all archaeological missions are working continuously to uncover traces of King Khufu.
Meanwhile, Zahi Hawass stressed that what the ministry has achieved today is one of the most important scientific discoveries that were discovered in the pyramid of Khufu in the modern era.
He explained that Egypt contains 9 pyramids of the great kings of Egypt and 14 pyramids of queens, noting that the secrets of the pyramid of King Khufu and the pyramid of King Senefru were revealed.
Hawass added that the pyramid of King Khufu is one of the most famous pyramids in the world, as it contains many openings for ventilation, which were exploited to reveal new secrets that highlight the ancient Egyptian civilization.
For his part, Ahmed ISSa, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, praised the great efforts made by the Supreme Council of Antiquities and all who worked on this project.