posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 01:20 PM
reply to post by ckno1
Indirectly, the idea of unknown chambers in the pyramid is, or was, supported by Zahi Hawass. He's openly expressed his belief that Khufu is
buried somewhere within...
I do believe that Khufu still hides in his burial chamber inside the Great Pyramid. Some scholars claim that the doors in the shafts are symbolic
— that the king would metaphorically open them to travel to the other world, but I believe that the doors are hiding real secrets, including
He made the claims in his on-line diary in 2009 and has since made little or no reference to them. The original source for the quote has disappeared
from the internet, but remains in an ATS post (cool huh?).
I like the ideas of Jean-Pierre Houdin and his internal ramp. The original documentary and paper seemed, at least, plausible and worthy of further
investigation. This probably says more about my level of knowledge than the authenticity of his theory because professional Egyptologists have
discounted it. Despite the popular view, when the professionals discount an idea it tends to be for very good reasons.
Although Houdin's particular theory has been discounted, the idea of undiscovered chambers or niches remains a distant possibility. When I say
'distant' it's because a chamber can't exist without supporting beams and structure. In the case of the King's Chamber a lot of
was needed to prevent the chamber
collapsing under the weight of the upper layers. A similar system of bracing beams and relieving chambers would be needed for other chambers and no
evidence has so far supported their existence.
Archaeologists haven't ignored the possibility of unknown chambers or dismissed the idea. The thing is, so far the Great Pyramid has been studied and
investigated using the best technology of every age. It's been dynamited, explored, imaged by NASA and had everything else from radar to New Agers
humming by candle-light and singing Kum By Ya. Sandals, candles and high-tech...we still haven't found a substantial indicator of lost chambers.
Byrd is far more qualified to comment on the subject and might correct me on this.