The Great Pyramid’s Mysterious Doors

There is a great possibility that what lies behind the secret doors of the Great Pyramid can be revealed this year. For nearly 20 years of failed attempts, there is now a big chance that the mystery behind secret doors can be seen before the year ends.

New revelation was expected last year because of a robot exploration in the 4,500-year-old pharaonic mausoleum. However, the project was put on hold because of Egypt political chaos. The project was then in its pivotal state wherein scientists got the first ever images behind one of the mysterious doors of the Great Pyramid.

With the decision of Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) to slowly grant permits for excavations and archaeological research, it is only a matter of time to know more about the mysterious doors. Exploration company Scoutek UK’s project mission manager Shaun Whitehead said that they are now waiting for the different committees to formalise the approval to continue their missions. Whitehead said that he is very certain that the project will be completed before 2012 ends once they already receive the go signal to continue.

The Great Pyramid is the largest among the three pyramids on the Giza plateau and believed to have hidden passageways going to secret chambers. The passageways were first discovered in 1872 and archaeologists have long been wondered over the purpose of four narrow shafts deep inside the pyramid.

Two shafts, stretch out from the upper or the so-called Kings Chamber, exit into open air. However the lower two, one on the south side and one on the north side in the Queen’s Chamber disappear within the structures, which makes the mystery even more mysterious.

These 8-inch-square shafts, which widely believed to be ritual passageways for the soul of dead pharaoh to reach the afterlife, remained unexplored until 1993 when a robot was sent through the southern shaft by German engineer Rudolf Gantenbrink.

From the heart of the pyramid, the robot climb steadily up to 213 feet until it stopped in front of a mysterious limestone slab decorated with two copper pins.

In 2000, a tomb-raiding robot was sent to explore the southern shaft on live television. The robot made a hole and pushed a camera through it only to discover what appeared to be another door.

The next day, the robot explored the northern shaft. Upon reaching 213 feet and navigating various sharp bends, the robot came to a stop in front of another limestone slab. The stone was also adorned with two copper pins.

The recent joint international-Egyptian mission Djedi project has already explored areas in pyramid that never been explored ever. The project started to explore the southern shaft which ends at Gantenbrink’s door.

The team involve in the project is hoping to get much more revelation with the robot once the team is allowed to continue their research. Team members are very confident that they can get significant clues on the purpose of the unique archaeological features. (c) 2012

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