January 28, 2011

Architect Believes Giza Pyramid Houses Two Chambers

A French architect said Thursday that the Great Pyramid of Giza may house two chambers filled with funereal furniture.

Jean-Pierre Houdin, who has been campaigning for a new exploration of the pyramid, was refused an appeal three years earlier by Egypt to investigate how the 4,500-year-old pyramid was built.

According to an AFP report, Houdin now says a 3D simulation and data created by a US Egyptologist, Bob Brier, shows two secret chambers in the heart of the edifice.

The rooms would have housed furniture used in the afterlife by the pharaoh Khufu, also known as Cheops in Greek, he said at a press conference.

"I am convinced there are antechambers in this pyramid. What I want is to find them," Houdin said.

In March 2007, Houdin hypothesized that the Great Pyramid had been built inside-out using an internal spiral ramp, as opposed to an external ramp as had long been believed. He called on Egypt to allow for a joint expedition of Egyptian antiquities experts and French engineers, using infrared, radar and other non-invasive methods to check out his theory.

Egypt's antiquities department ignored the theory. A Canadian team from Laval University in Quebec will seek permission this year to carry out thermal imaging from outside the Pyramid to explore the theory, Houdin told AFP.

Houdin said a pointer to the antechambers came from the existence of such rooms in the pyramid of Snefru, Khufu's father. It is possible a similar design was retained for the great Pyramid.

Also, blocks in the northern wall of the king's chamber in the Great Pyramid indicate an overlooked passage which led to the theorized chambers and also enabled the funeral party to exit, he added.