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article imageSecrets of the Great Pyramid Soon to be Revealed

By geozone     Mar 25, 2007 in World
It's the last remaining wonder of the ancient world and the secrets contained within its hidden passageways and chambers will be shown to the world. Inside the mysterious shafts and passageways of the Great Pyramid.
In an exclusive interview with the Discovery Channel, Dr. Zahi Hawass, one of the world's leading Egyptologists, said that by the end of this year, he will reveal the secrets of the Great Pyramid's doors.
Also known as Cheops (after the pharaoh for whom it was built) and Khufu, the Great Pyramid was built in 2550 B.C. It is the largest of three pyramids situated outside of Cairo on the Giza plateau. The Great Pyramid is a mammoth structure standing 481 feet high and with a base covering an area of 13. 1 acres. That is room enough to contain the cathedrals of St. Peter's in Rome, Florence, Milan and London's St. Paul's and more.
It has long intrigued archaeologists, particularly since the 1872 discovery of four narrow shafts deep inside it. Two shafts run from the exit of the upper chamber (so-called King's Chamber) into open air. But the lower two shafts, one extending from the so-called Queen's Chamber, disappear mysteriously downward.
Standard Egyptology theory holds that these shafts were ritual passageways for the soul of dead pharoah to reach the afterlife. The shafts are 8 square inches and were first explored in 1993 by a German engineer who sent a robot through the southern shaft. The progress of the robot was stopped after 213 feet when it encountered a "mysterious limestone slab adorned with two copper handles."
In 2002, Hawass, chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, used a robot to transport a camera through a hole drilled in the copper handled door. The event was televised live on television to an eagerly awaiting audience. But disappointment ensued when the robot encountered yet another door. The next day Hawass sent the robot through the northern shaft and after travelling--curiously enough--only 213 feet, it stopped in front of another limestone slab with two copper handles.
Said Hawass: "I dedicated my whole life to study the secrets of the Great Pyramid and I must say that these doors create many exciting questions. It is intriguing that the door in the northern shaft and the first door in the southern shaft are equidistant from the queen's chamber. Moreover, they are very similar, as they both feature the same copper handles."
So what do those mysterious shafts inside the Great Pyramid lead to? Speculations have ranged from papyri to a statue of Cheops to the pharaoh's real tomb. Stay tuned. Hawass promises all will be revealed by the year's end.
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