March 8, 2012
Chinese Dentist Cracking Mystery Of The Great Pyramid
A Chinese dentist is now trying to help find a way to unlock the secret chambers inside the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Reuters and the Daily Mail Online report that Ng Tze-chuen, a 59-year-old dentist from Hong Kong, has organized a team working with Egypt's former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass to unlock the mystery surrounding two doors blocking narrow shafts in the pyramid, which is the tomb of Pharaoh Cheops, or Khufu.
Archaeologists have been wanting to get a peek inside the shafts since they were found in 1872.
Some speculate that Khufu's chamber lies beyond the locked doors, with a large amount of treasure stashed away in there.
Tze-chuen designed a tiny "gripper" for an insect-sized robot to help reach beyond the doors and get inside the pyramid.
The robot will travel up the shafts to eventually drill through the two doors, recording what it sees on its camera.
The international team plans to use the robot sometime this spring, depending on when the license to do so will be issued.
"The Chinese have more experience with chopsticks. And a dentist has more experience in gripping with forceps," Ng said in a statement. "Why Egypt is so interesting, it´s because of the hieroglyphics. It´s like a detective story. It´s all waiting for me to use my grippers."
He said that the insect-sized robot will not cause harm to the pyramid or damage to any of the walls.
The Great Pyramid is the largest and oldest of the three pyramids at Giza, standing at 482-feet. The pyramid was completed around 2,500 BC.
The shafts are just eight inches across, and many experts believe they were designed this way to provide an "exit" for Pharaoh's spirit.
Khufu built the Great Pyramid of Giza as a monumental tomb, filled with tomb chambers, ante-rooms,, ventilation shafts and access tunnels.
The King's Chamber has two shafts connected to outside, but two tunnels from the Queen's Chamber deep inside the widest part of the pyramid have two stone doors.
Experts believe that this may indicated a secret chamber still lies even further still within the pyramid.