Most of us have heard about the Pyramid of Giza at some point. This is because the Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest of the Pyramids of Giza, is the only one of the original seven great wonders that is still standing. It is also the oldest great wonder. Over the years, these pyramids have been the subject of many unveiled secrets.
Great Pyramid of Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the tomb of the Fourth Dynasty pharaoh named Khufu. In the complex around the Great Pyramid, there are two mortuary temples, three smaller pyramids for his wives, and tombs for his immediate family.
At first, the pyramid’s height was 481 feet (146.6 meters), but over time some of the casing was removed, reducing the height to 454.4 feet (138.5 meters). The base of the pyramid is around 755.6 feet (230.3 meters), making the volume approximately 92 million cubic feet (2.6 million cubic meters). It was built with about 2.3 million large blocks that weigh 6 million tons in total.
Mysteries Around the Pyramids
According to a legend about Napolean, when Napolean left the Pyramid of Giza, he seemed pale and shaken after having spent several hours in the pyramid by himself. He had never talked about what had happened to him, but many say that the event changed his life. What could cause such a reaction from the future emperor of France? But, yet, researchers and archeologists have not found anything to be remotely afraid of.
One of the biggest mysteries surrounding this pyramid is its construction technique. Experts still do not know what construction techniques the Egyptians used. Another secret about this pyramid is that it is thought to be able to tell time. It acts as a sundial that tells the hour by the shadow that falls on marks made in stone. Many think that the reason that the passageways in the pyramid remain unknown is that this structure is the only one of its time that had tunnels built above ground level.
On March 2nd, Egypt’s antiquities authorities unveiled a chamber that was sealed off in one of the Great Pyramids of Giza. This corridor, which was on the north side of the Great Pyramid, was uncovered using a type of modern scanning technology. It is similar to another sealed-off corridor that archaeologists found in 2017.
Since 2015, researchers from around the world have been using infrared thermography and cosmic-ray imaging to map out what lies behind the exterior of the pyramid. These scans have shown several voids, including the 30-foot passageway revealed on March 2nd. Scientists in the Scan Pyramids project have deployed many other scanning projects that include ground-penetrating radars and ultrasound measurements, hoping to find out more information about these corridors.
Hopefully, one day, one of these methods will reveal a lot more about the Great Pyramid of Giza.