Hidden corridor discovered in the Great Pyramid of Giza


Jorge Láscar

The Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

In 2016, scientists began using new noninvasive technology to investigate the Great Pyramid of Giza further. What they uncovered was a 30-foot-long corridor close to the entrance.
It was discovered using muons, similar to X-ray imaging, to find the corridor. Muons are being used to monitor volcanoes and search for illegal nuclear materials, but recently more and more scientists are using the technology for other things.
For example, scientists at Los Almos National Laboratory are experimenting with portable versions. Scientists are trying to understand the damage to the dome on the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Flower so they can prevent further cracking.
“I’ve had the chance to see the pyramid in person. It’s forty-five hundred years old and one of the tallest structures in the world. I’m glad that we’re finding new things about it,” freshman, Bradley Callahan said.
The project is called Scan Pyramids. Radiation is sent through the pyramid, and scanners around the pyramid send the information back. The team announced they used an endoscope to look inside the corridor but found no artifacts.
“I’m always impressed when I hear about new ways we create technology and use it to do something awesome. If we are discovering this now, I can’t wait to see what we discover in the future,” junior, Kaylee Morris said.
Scientists believe the corridor was created to help distribute the weight of the vast pyramid. The pyramid was built under the pharaoh Khufu and made as a tomb for Khufu, Menkaure, and Khafre.
The technology was also used to investigate the Pyramid of Khafre at Giza, but no hidden passageways were uncovered.
“The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the world, and we are still discovering new things about it. That’s insane,” freshman, Andrew Lewis said.