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I am not posting his email to me verbatim per his request, but the basic gist is that the Djedi robo-explorer project is coming along just fine, and that the secrecy involved really just boils down to the fact that the Egyptology folks who give permission for research to be done and such require that work be published only through formal scientific channels (research journals). Other Egyptological (is that a word?) projects have released their findings via other mediums like the WWW or newspapers and were then denied the privilege of returning for additional research.
Originally posted by tetsuo
So yeah, no conspiracy here, though we can't hear about the results just yet.
Mr. Whitehead also mentioned that the project could have been completed with a crude drill a few years back, but the Djedi robot is quite advanced and gentle, and won't damage the pyramid or any artifacts as it does its thing. It has to climb up about 13 stories (!) along a disintegrating passageway without damaging any surfaces, not to mention setting up instrumentation and all the tools needed to do the work. I quote, "It's not 'Transformers'..."
thanks for the info shaun
Top secret mission on the Giza Plateau: Under the strictest of secrecy and on instruction of the controversial Egyptian minister for antiquities, Zahi Hawass, a new mini robot crept through the passageways of the Pyramid of Cheops on the 29th May 2010. Its aim: To search for previously undiscovered secret chambers of the Pharaoh.
* Hieroglyphs written in red paint on the floor of a hidden chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid are numerical signs.
* The builders of the pyramid simply recorded the total length of the southern shaft from the Queen's Chamber: 121 cubits.
* Multiples of 7, 9 and 11 cubits occur frequently in the design of the Great pyramid.
Originally posted by lostinspace
It is very strange that the queen's shafts don't reach the exterior of the pyramid like the king's chamber. Maybe the queen's spirit was supposed to be confined to the pyramid for all eternity. If the king left through his shafts then she would have to wait for his return.
The markings are hieratic numerical signs. They read from right to left, meaning 100, 20, 1. The builders simply recorded the total length of the shaft: 121 cubits. (Discovery News: Pyramid hieroglyphs likely engineering numbers, by Rosella Lorenzi, June 7, 2011)