Egyptologist Zahi Hawass Declares Void Hidden In Great Pyramid Of Giza Is 'Not A New Discovery'

Kristine Moore

Recent news in Egypt of a void found hidden within the Great Pyramid of Giza has not impressed Egyptologist and former Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass, who has asserted that the recent find was "not a new discovery." On Thursday, the journal Nature published intriguing new research stating that the void was the first large structure that had been found within the pyramid in roughly 200 years.

"The void is the first large inner structure discovered within the 4,500-year-old pyramid since the 1800s — a find made possible by recent advances in high-energy particle physics."
"I do believe that we have to be always very careful about the word 'void' because the Great Pyramid is full of voids."

The stones used for the Great Pyramid of Giza came from a quarry which was close to the building site and these stones all came in different sizes. Hawass explained that the internal core of the pyramid showed a startling number of irregularities, and that it was common for there to be gaps in between these stones of different sizes.

Furthermore, those constructing the Great Pyramid might have intentionally left huge voids inside to be used for further construction and work and that just because there is a void doesn't necessarily lend credence to the belief that there may be a hidden room or passage within the pyramid.

Zahi Hawass also explained that there have been many research expeditions which have come from countries all over the world, and that these have always shown that it is fully possible that the Great Pyramid of Giza has voids within it. He said that it makes perfect sense for so many teams to travel to the pyramid, as it helps to show off and promote the new equipment that they use.

Zahi Hawass further stated that research on the Pyramid of Giza should be purely scientific, rather than used to promote what amount to conspiracy theories in his opinion.

"When I examined this area, I found that the stone at the east side was placed there in 1939 to support this area as restoration, and was supported by cement. This is why this area had a higher temperature than other blocks. This project should be scientific and not a search for hidden passages and chambers to attract public attention and those who like to claim that the pyramids were built by aliens. I used to call some of them 'pyramidiots.'"
"We saw that the team of the ScanPyramids project showed a video in October of last year about their work inside Khufu's Pyramid. The video showed at the end a geometric reconstruction of an unknown passage behind the chevrons above the descending passage. This reconstruction of a passage is pure hypothesis to explain an anomaly. The ScanPyramids project cannot define the shape, size, or exact position of that void. So, we have to be careful on how the results are presented to the public."

— Ahram Online (@ahramonline) November 2, 2017

"We are not at all against any discovery but we as a scientific committee are responsible for explaining to non-Egyptologists the purpose and method of construction of the Great Pyramid. We wrote in our report which we presented to El-Enany that the ScanPyramids project should continue their work but they have to use the scientific approach, and we are happy that this paper is published. We, on the other hand, are going to publish a paper on our opinion on this work, as a scientific committee."

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