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So let’s look at the north wall, following Jean-Pierre Houdin’s instructions:
What do we see on the wall? On the right (east side, low down, in orange), the entrance through which we currently enter this room. On the left, the layout of granite blocks forms a doorway (in pink) that takes the entire weight of the (dark) granite ceiling beams. The (yellow) blocks filling the doorway do not bear on the central block at the bottom (blue). This seals the second entrance. It is free, exactly like the block that once sealed the first entrance. Free: in other words, it could be moved… for example, at the end of the king’s funeral ceremony, when the pyramid had to be sealed.
originally posted by: beetee
Here is Herodot, who lived from abouit 484 to around 424 BC, and visited Egypt.
Herodot about the pyramids
Now, Herodot was a greek, and at this time the upper echelons of Egyptian society was descendant from greeks that now ruled Egypt afte the conquest of Alexander. This is a report, obviously, of the pyramids over a thousand years after their construction, but still it is more contemporary than many other texts.
What is both great, and bad, about Herodot is that he reported everything he was told. No matter how stupid he thought it sounded, so he has no "filter" at all. If he is told something, he tries to report on it, and only occasionally will he comment that he finds that this sounds unlikely.
Anyway, what is interesting is that he speaks quite clearly about the excavations below the Great Pyramid, and also about the fact that a portion of the Nile was diverted "into it". In contrast to the second largest pyrmaid, that of Khefren.
Have they ever discovered any large scale excavations beneath the pyramid?
originally posted by: blackadder01
a reply to: Scott Creighton
I've always imagined some sort of portal in there, the world is a lot older than us weak human beings would like to think. I can't tell you what's there but if it's something really significant we will never hear about it.
originally posted by: chr0naut
a reply to: Scott Creighton
Both voids are probably leftovers from the hiding of the true internals of the pyramid.
They had alternate paths to alternate chambers which are now hidden by dropping large stone blocks down into place.
My guess is also that the 'real' chambers were filled with sand and an attempt to breach them will spill the sand out and cause a further reconfiguration of the pyramid internals and will also trap those who would try and steal from the pyramid.