Egypt’s Nice Pyramid thriller unravelled with ‘clear’ proof of underground chamber
Egypt: Explorers discover ‘unusual door’ below Nice Pyramid of Giza
Positioned on the Giza Plateau, the Great Pyramid is believed to have been constructed through the Fourth Dynasty for the Pharaoh Khufu. One of many Seven Wonders of the Historical World, it’s the just one nonetheless largely intact and is believed to have been constructed greater than 4,500 years in the past. There are three recognized chambers inside – the bottom was reduce into the bedrock upon which the pyramid was constructed and is believed to have been unfinished.
However ecologist-turned Egypt researcher Alex Whitaker put ahead an argument that there could possibly be additional hidden chambers beneath the monument.
He wrote: “It is a curious fact that some of the earliest written descriptions of the Great Pyramid make mention of water in or under it.
“Pliny said that he believed the Pyramid was attached to the Nile via a ‘well-shaft,’ and a Herodotus text included a clear reference to underground cavities and water.
“In it, he stated that Khufu, to whom the pyramid is attributed, was buried on an island surrounded by water.
A chamber was theorised to be hiding beneath the Great Pyramid
An account from Herodotus was used as evidence
“Such a sarcophagus has in fact been discovered at Giza, although not underneath the Great Pyramid but rather 90 feet beneath the causeway that leads to the central pyramid of Khafre.
“There seems little doubt, however, that at the time of Herodotus it was known that there were both underground chambers and water beneath the Giza plateau.”
Writing in 430BC Herodotus said: “For the underground chambers on the heights upon which the pyramids stand, which he [Khufu] brought about to made as sepulchral chambers for himself an island, having carried out a channel from the Nile.”
And Mr Whitaker claimed there was additional proof.
He added: “Giza was once known as ‘The House of Osiris,’ the god of the afterlife and the underworld and the dead.
Henry Salt mentioned underground complexes in Gizaq
“In southern Egypt, Osiris’ home was the underground chamber called the ‘Osirion’ at Abydos.
“This is identical in design to the Valley Temple at Giza which is still connected to the Nile.
“As a result, the underground chamber contains an island permanently surrounded by water.
“The theme of a watery underground grotto or ‘womb of the Earth’ is to be found around the ancient world.
“Perhaps the tradition of Giza as being an entrance to the underworld will one day be shown to have more substance than we currently credit it with.”
In his memoirs, British consul basic Henry Salt recounted how he investigated an underground system of “catacombs” at Giza in 1817 within the firm of Italian explorer Giovanni Caviglia.
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Zahi Hawass has dismissed the claims
The doc mentioned that the 2 explored the caves for “several hundred yards”.
Together with British Egyptologist Nigel Skinner-Simpson, investigator Andrew Collins retraced what he believed to be Mr Salt’s steps – finding the doorway to a catacomb.
He found a crack within the rock, exposing a large pure cave behind.
He claimed this community served as a bodily reminder of the promised “underworld” that was central to historical Egyptian’s journey into the so-called afterlife.
And Mr Whitaker believed the underground cavities stretched to the Nice Pyramid.
He added in 2011: “It is now recognised that the whole Giza plateau is undercut by a network of natural cavities in the limestone.
Khufu’s pyramid has a number of chambers and voids
“Some of these catacombs were explored by Salt and Caviglia in 1817 and were found to extend for hundreds of metres in the general direction of the central pyramid.
“The entrance to this system was recently rediscovered and tentatively explored by Andrew Collins, and it now falls to the Egyptian authorities to explore this completely.
“The association with pyramids and water would appear to suggest a relationship to the cycle of life and death, being both a metaphor for the amniotic waters of the earth-mother and the celestial waters of the deep that lead the dead to the underworld.”
Such claims haven’t gone down nicely with main archaeologists, together with Dr Zahi Hawass, who dismissed the concept.
He mentioned: “There are not any new discoveries to be made at Giza. We all know every part concerning the plateau.”
Regardless of this, consultants have discovered mysterious voids contained in the Nice Pyramid since.
In 2015, the ScanPyramids challenge was launched to offer a number of non-invasive and non-destructive methods which can assist to offer a greater understanding of the Nice Pyramid’s construction.
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After two years of labor, French consultants introduced the invention of the “Big Void,” a 30-metre beforehand unknown cavity positioned above the Grand Gallery, however there was no growth since.
And structural engineer Peter James says he isn’t shocked, suggesting there could possibly be extra.
Talking to Specific.co.uk, he mentioned: “I’m sure there are more voids there.
“As massive as the Great Pyramid is, it is structurally very sound and I’m sure there are holes and voids in there which are part of that.
“As they went up, they would have got to a point where they put support beams in, which would have created gaps.
“They would have left these empty or fill them with a material that is a different density to the outside.
“I’m sure there will be more similar discoveries in the future.”