Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three colossal structures in the Giza pyramid complex, bordering what is now known as El Giza. It’s the oldest of the world’s Seven Wonders, too — an architectural marvel that attracts millions of visitors from all corners of the globe.
You wouldn’t think an enormous structure built some 4500 years ago could hold any more secrets, but scientists have gathered new evidence that suggests a hidden room may lie beyond its walls.
In a new study published in the journal Nature, scientists from Japan, France and Egypt say they have discovered a space at least 30m long inside the pyramid — just above a room which once housed the remains of the pharaoh Khufu, who ruled during the Fourth Dynasty — using technologies that detect muons (high-energy cosmic particles that rain from space down to earth).
According to their report, three teams using different muon-detecting tools confirmed the existence of the void.
If what they found is accurate, it’ll be the first major discovery within the pyramid’s limestone walls since the 19th century.
If you’re thinking of visiting the pyramids, it’s best to find a reputable tour guide to assist you along the way, as many areas are only accessible to visitors who travel as part of a group.
(Lead image: Jeremy Bishop)