The discovery has come thanks to a collaborative project known as ‘Scan Pyramids’, a large combined effort between multiple universities and scientific organisations. The project aims to reveal new secrets of the enigmatic structures through the application of state of the art 3D scanning technology that has never been applied to the pyramids previously.
This week, the results bore fruit when 2 strange voids were visible within the pyramid, detected using a method known as muography. The cavities are located on the northeastern edge and another behind its descending corridor.
So far, it is not known what is actually in these chambers, but it’s quite possible that the rooms have remained undiscovered for thousands of years.
“We are now able to confirm the existence of a ‘void’ hidden behind the North Face, that could have the form of at least one corridor going inside the Great Pyramid,” the team wrote in a press release.
“The precise shape, size, and exact position of this void is now under further investigation. It should be done with the help of 12 new Muon Emulsion plates that are installed in the descending corridor, and will be collected by the end of October 2016.”
The team is moving forward and continuing to acquire muon data inside Khufu’s Queen Chamber inside the pyramid. “We expect to have the results of the analysis of those instruments during the first three months of 2017,” researchers said.