This week the mysterious shafts in the Great Pyramid are being explored, once more, by a robo-team from Leeds University. Dr Hawass says they have
already made a 'breakthrough' in the last week of July. Now they continue to penetrate the tunnels with their intriguing 'doors.' An announcement
should follow in the next weeks...and I can hardly wait. The mystery and speculation has built up over many years!
Leeds University: Robo
Although the 'Leeds robot' just began the actual investigation of the secret doors last week, Dr. Hawass revealed at his lecture that on the
31th of July the Leeds team already had a major breakthrough. But that was all information Dr. Zahi was willing to share (except that they'll be
taking a look at the other shafts also). No hint at what kind of 'major breakthrough' this could be, nor did he share any photographs, video or even
just 3D sketches of the robot.
The RoboScarab is an amazing piece of technology and looks like something from the movie The Mummy. I love this stuff...
HK: Is it true that the team from Leeds University began the robotic exploration of the shafts in the Queen’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid
HK: Do you intend to focus just on the southern shaft or will you be returning to the northern shaft as well?
ZH: We’ll do the south and the north shafts.
HK: Is the expedition going to be televised?
ZH: No, no. We’ll record it. If there is something exciting we will make it live.
For those that are new to these mystery doors, here's a quick run through...
This is a plan of the Great Pyramid and the 'air shafts' are the ones that are being explored:
In the early 90s, Hawass supervised the planned exploration of the shafts. They aren't dead straight, but curve and are only 8" X 8". A
robot was commisioned
to drive up and film what was up there. It
was broadcast around the world and people watched with mouths open in expectation. The most accepted explanation is the shafts are for Pharaoh and
Queen to ascend into the afterlife. Others believe they are parts of an enormous battery or a water pump. Some believe they point to the stars where
the imagined 'sky god creators' came from and where they think we will return to. The shafts have caused a LOT of speculation.
So much mystery couldn't come to a simple end as the robot hits a small snag...debris...and then unexpected
Dr Hawass is thought by many to be keeping the secrets of the ancient Egyptians to himself and sharing long lost advanced technology with the US.
Blueprints for spacecraft, Halls of Records, Stargates, alien bodies and much more are allegedly being withheld on his orders. In the eyes of many, he
is viewed in the same light as the evil childcatcher...
There's good news for the people that simply don't trust the Dr. Hawass. This is his final year in charge of the Supreme Council of Antiquities as
he must retire next year...
HK: Dr. Hawass, is it true that you plan to retire from the SCA next year?
ZH: Yes, by law I have to retire.
HK: What are your plans after leaving office?
ZH: I will continue my excavations in the Valley of the Kings, writing books, give lectures everywhere.
Stubborn and dedicated to the cause of preserving the heritage of Ancient Egypt and taking legal action to have his looted artifacts returned to
Egypt, he sent this picture to his critics...
It's worth noting that before the Supreme Council of Antiquities began to exercise it's power, Egypt's historical sites were neglected places that
had been looted, defaced and neglected for 100s of years...
So? What lies behind these 'secret doors?' Is it something incredible?
[edit on 15-8-2009 by Kandinsky]