Cairo, Egypt In a major archaeological breakthrough, Egypt has unveiled a hidden tunnel inside the Great Pyramid, providing new insights into the construction of one of the world’s most iconic structures.
The discovery was made by researchers from the Scan Pyramid Project, an international mission that since 2015 has been using advanced scanning techniques to uncover the previously unknown tunnel.
The tunnel is located in the pyramid’s western section and is believed to have been used by workers during the construction of the pyramid over 4,500 years ago. The tunnel is around 80 meters long and has a height of around 1.2 meters, making it too small for people to pass through.
Experts believe that the tunnel may have been used to transport heavy construction materials, such as limestone blocks, from the pyramid’s quarry to the construction site. The discovery of the tunnel provides new insights into the engineering techniques used by the ancient Egyptians to construct the Great Pyramid.
The Great Pyramid, also known as the Pyramid of Khufu, was built during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu, who ruled Egypt from around 2589 to 2566 BC. The pyramid stands around 147 meters tall and was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years.
The discovery of the hidden tunnel is just the latest in a series of major archaeological finds in Egypt in recent years. In 2020, archaeologists uncovered 13 completely sealed coffins in the Saqqara necropolis, while in 2019, a previously unknown tomb was discovered near the city of Luxor.
The Egyptian government has been actively promoting its rich cultural heritage in recent years, in an effort to boost tourism and attract visitors to the country. The discovery of the hidden tunnel inside the Great Pyramid is expected to further fuel interest in Egypt’s fascinating history and ancient past.