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Scientists have discovered a secret, giant void hiding inside the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Located above the pyramid’s Grand Gallery, the 30-meter-long void inside Khufu's Pyramid remains a mystery.
Its size suggests it plays an important role in the tomb’s structure. It’s the first discovery of its kind since the 19th century.
“These results constitute a breakthrough for the understanding of Khufu’s Pyramid and its internal structure,” the scientists explained in a journal published in Nature.
Scientists uncovered the void as part of the ScanPyramids project that dates back to 2015. The chamber was found using cosmic-ray imaging and by recording subatomic particles, a practice known as muon radiography, which bounces inside the structure providing an outline for 3D reconstruction of the space.
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This method allows researchers to visualize the known and potentially unknown voids in the pyramid in a non-invasive manner.
“This large void has therefore been detected with a high confidence by three different muon detection technologies and three independent analyses,” the scientists said. “While there’s currently no information about the role of this void, these findings show how modern particle physics can shed new light on the world’s archaeological heritage.”
CAIRO -- The three-ton torso of a massive statue that may be of one of Egypt's most famous pharaohs was lifted Monday from mud and groundwater where it was recently discovered in a Cairo suburb.
The torso was pulled by a crane as dozens of workers supported it while being moved to dry land where it was covered by a white fabric.
The first part of the colossus -- a large portion of the head -- was pulled up Thursday.
The Ministry of Antiquities said the statue's parts would be assembled at the Egyptian museum in central Cairo, where they would be pieced together and restored before being moved to the yet-to-open Grand Egyptian Museum near the Giza Pyramids.
The statue is likely of Ramses II, who took the throne in his early 20s and ruled Egypt for 60 years more than 3,000 years ago. He is credited with expanding ancient Egypt's reach as far as modern Syria to the east and modern Sudan to the south.
The expansion earned him the title "Ramses the Great."
The statue was discovered last week by a German-Egyptian archaeological team in the Cairo district of Matariya.
Archaeologists in Egypt discovered a massive statue in a Cairo slum that may be of Pharaoh Ramses II, one of the country's most famous ancient rulers.
The colossus, whose head was pulled from mud and groundwater by a bulldozer and seen by the Associated Press on Friday, is around 26 feet high and was discovered by a German-Egyptian team.
Egyptologist Khaled Nabil Osman said the statue was an "impressive find" and the area is likely full of other buried antiquities.
"It was the main cultural place of ancient Egypt. Even the Bible mentions it," he said. "The sad news is that the whole area needs to be cleaned up. The sewers and market should be moved."
Ramses II ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago and was a great builder whose effigy can be seen at a string of archaeological sites across the country.
Massive statues of the warrior-king can be seen in Luxor, and his most famous monument is found in Abu Simbel, near Sudan.
Osman said the massive head removed from the ground was made in the style that Ramses was depicted and likely was him. The site contained parts of both that statue and another.
Egypt is packed with ancient treasures, many of which remain buried. The sites open to tourists often are empty of late as the country has suffered from political instability that has scared off foreigners since its Arab Spring uprising in 2011.
Havana, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) The details of the most important Egyptian collection in Latin America are compiled in a single volume, presented at the Universal Art Building of the Cuban National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA).
The catalog - unveiled yesterday as the result of more than a year of work of the Egyptian Art curator of MNBA, Aymée Chicuri and Egyptologists Milagros Álvarez and Irene Morfini of Spain, and Italy, respectively - collects all the pieces, including the latest discoveries of the valuable collection.
The catalog will project beyond the Antilles limits the particularities of the inventory initiated by Dr. Joaquín Gumá Herrera, Count of Lagunillas (1909-1980), Chicuri told Prensa Latina.
'One interesting thing about this collection is that it has a large enough number of pieces to cover everything that is the history of Egypt, from prehistory to the Greco-Roman period,' Canarian Egyptologist Milagros Álvarez who is part of the Canarian- Tuscany with Irene Morfini, explained.
In this way, the three authors decided to do something different in this book by including historical introductions to each of these periods, so that, in addition to being scientific, the volume also acquires informative nuances that can serve students, mainly Cubans, who are interested in Egyptology.
The rooms dedicated to Egyptian art currently exhibit more than a hundred pieces under a thematic criterion that offers domestic and foreign visitors different aspects of life and death in Pharaonic Egypt.
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say they are growing increasingly convinced that the crash of a Russian aircraft in Egypt was the result of a bomb, as investigators collect evidence from what one lawmaker called "a 9/11" event for Russia.