(Los Angeles Times) Scientists have found a hidden chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, the first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century and one likely to spark a new surge of interest in the pharaohs.
In an article published in the journal Nature on Thursday, an international team said the approximately 30-yard void deep within the pyramid is situated above the structure’s Grand Gallery, and has a similar cross section. The purpose of the chamber is unclear, and it’s not yet known whether it was built with a function in mind.
The scientists made the discovery using cosmic-ray imaging, recording the behavior of subatomic particles called muons that penetrate the rock in a manner similar to X-rays, only much deeper. Their paper was peer-reviewed before appearing in Nature, an international, interdisciplinary journal of science.
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