Great Pyramid of Giza Robot Explorer Reveals ‘Mysterious Markings’

The fact that “mysterious markings” have been found on the Great Pyramid of Giza isn’t even the single most interesting part of this story.

The strange symbols were discovered by a robot explorer. Using a bendy camera. If this post were a book, I would have read it thirty times when I was in the third grade. Even more mysteriously, the camera was inserted down “a hole in a stone door at the end of a narrow tunnel,” which in itself is one of several “mysterious passages” between the King and Queen’s tunnels in the Pyramid.

According to CNN, cracking the code of the strange hieroglyphs could help explain why the passages were made in the first place:

According to Peter Der Manuelian, Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology at Harvard University, similar lines have been found elsewhere in Giza. “Sometimes they identify the work gang (who built the room), sometimes they give a date and sometimes they give guidelines to mark cuttings or directional symbols about the beginning or end of a block,” he said.

Der Manuelian says robots are the key to unlocking the mystery:

“There are architectural explanations, symbolic explanations, religious explanations — even ones relating to the alignment of the stars — but the final word on them is yet to be written. The challenge is that no human can fit inside these channels so the only way to do this exploration is with robots.”

The next bit of exploration will be to examine stone at the far end of the chamber to see if it’s a wall… or another door.