Egypt breakthrough: Archaeologist claimed ‘treasure STILL hiding’ in Great Pyramid voids

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The 4,500-year-old structure is the oldest and largest of the three ancient monuments in the Giza Plateau, and is believed to have been constructed for Pharaoh Khufu over a 20-year period. The ScanPyramids project was launched to provide several non-invasive and non-destructive techniques to provide a better understanding of its structure and the construction processes. It made a breakthrough in 2016 when it uncovered a small, previously unknown cavity in the north face of the pyramid and, one year later, experts announced the discovery of the “Big Void”, a 30-metre previously unknown space located above the Grand Gallery.

But Dr Hawass previously told Express.co.uk that he “knew about” the voids beforehand, adding: “If you know how the Great Pyramid was constructed, then you know it has lots of voids.

“We hope to find [that] the body of Khufu could be discovered, that something important could be discovered in these voids.”

There are three known chambers inside the Great Pyramid – the lowest was cut into the bedrock upon which the pyramid was built and is believed to have been unfinished.

And the 74-year-old previously said that he believes there are some fantastic discoveries waiting to be made.

He told LiveScience in 2013: “I really believe that Khufu’s chamber is not discovered yet and all the three chambers were just to deceive the thieves.

“The treasures of Khufu [are] still hidden inside the Great Pyramid, and these three doors could be the key to open this burial chamber.

“There is no pyramid of the 123 pyramids in Egypt that have these type of doors with copper handles.

“Really, I believe they’re hiding something.”

There could be a huge breakthrough on the horizon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in Egypt.

The latest issue of the BBC Science Focus magazine detailed how, before the pandemic caused work to be suspended, continuing probing of the pyramid had revealed more of the smaller cavity discovered in 2016.

It suggested it is “a corridor extending at least five metres into the pyramid, possibly angled upwards”.

It has also caused the size of the “Big Void” to be recalculated to “at least 40 metres long”.

The BBC said: “If the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines goes according to plan, it’s possible work could resume on the ScanPyramids project, and the others, soon.

“And when it does, more of the secrets hidden inside some of the world’s oldest natural and human-made structures could begin to reveal themselves.”

The discovery of the voids received huge media attention at the time, but some experts are sceptical.

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Egyptologist Dr Chris Naunton previously told Express.co.uk: “That story came and went quite quickly.

“This new technique has the potential to show us interesting things.

“But, the response from colleagues of mine, who know these pyramids very well, was, ‘We’ve always known cavities exist’.

“It’s exciting, but it doesn’t take our understanding very far.

“We could speculate until the cows come home over what they might be, but there’s no way of proving it at the moment.

“I don’t know if the project stopped because it had done what they were planning to do, or whether they were discouraged by the response.”

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