Hidden chamber in the Great Pyramid
Articles about this announcement have appeared in most of the newspapers and the BBC. The project organisers have also produced a very good video describing their work:
The Guardian has an extensive article describing what the teams found. Unfortunately, in the article one of the team members is quoted as saying:
“What we are sure about is that this big void is there, that it is impressive, and was not expected by any kind of theory,” said Tayoubi.
In fact, the French researcher Jean-Pierre Houdin developed a solid and well-grounded theory, years ago, that predicted that there had to be hidden chambers inside the Great Pyramid. Houdin produced several intelligent ideas about the Great Pyramid. His most well-known theory (I think) is his idea that an internal ramp existed in the Great Pyramid. Houdin believed this to be the case firstly because an internal ramp would have been the most logical way to complete the construction of the pyramid, rather than an enormous external ramp. Secondly, he noticed the signs of an internal ramp within the pyramid on the pyramid's outer wall, visible because the stone were discoloured due to an altered process of weathering. Thirdly, he spotted that at one corner of the pyramid, high up on its side, the stones had collapsed precisely where the internal ramp would have passed close to the outer wall. I used Houdin's internal ramp theory in my graphic novel the Great Secret.
Jean Pierre Houdin's work and theories are described very well in this documentary, which has half a million views and a thousand comments:
The second key theory developed by Houdin was his belief that there were other, hidden chambers within the Great Pyramid. He based this idea on three main points:
Firstly, the chambers we do know about in the Great Pyramid have clearly not been designed to be traversed by people. They are clearly mechanical in function, just like chambers in the guts of an industrial plant. We also know that the Great Pyramid was designed and built to be some sort of tomb, and so there has to be other chambers within it that are its actual ceremonial chambers. The priests would have taken the pharaoh-god's body inside the pyramid once it was completed, as part of the main ceremony of internment, and so there must be chambers in the Great Pyramid that were made to be accessible to people, chamber into which the god's attendants could have carried his body.
Secondly, one of the shafts leading from the pyramid's central chambers has clearly been given a kink as it exits the pyramid. The only logical reason for this kink is that the shaft's direction had to be altered to avoid another chamber.
Thirdly, there is a panel in the King's Chamber in the Great Pyramid that is entirely supported by a much larger panel above it. This means that the panel can be removed from the wall without the wall collapsing. Houdin noticed that this panel is directly opposite the sarcophagus and is in exactly the right position to lead to a separate, hidden chamber close to the King's Chamber and above the centre-point of the Grand Gallery. Logically, the priests would have carried their king's body into the pyramid, up the internal ramp, into the ceremonial chamber and into the King's Chamber through the detachable panel. Once they'd placed their king in the King's Chamber, they'd have left, sealing up the detachable panel behind them. Also, the panel concerned shows marks indication it was forced open at one corner, unlike the rest of the panels in the King's Chamber, adding to the likelihood that it is detachable and hides an access passage.
I used these ideas in my graphic novel the Great Secret as well, as shown above and in the following illustration:
In my version, the hidden chamber is lower down and its access tube is high up in the wall but i did this for dramatic effect in the story. Logically, the chamber would be higher up and the tube would enter it at its ground level. This location would be very close to the hidden chamber discovered by the teams' muon scattering experiments.
Hopefully, all this information demonstrates that the presence of a hidden chamber in the Great Pyramid is no surprise at all to several investigators, even though the official investigators might be shocked at its existence. Now that the hidden chamber's existence has come to light, it would be great if Houdin's theories were given greater credence and effort were made to enter the pyramid's internal ramp and from there, explore the hidden chambers the Great Pyramid very clearly possesses.