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2011-01-28 08:00:00

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...

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2007-03-30 18:00:00

By LAURENCE JOAN-GRANGE PARIS - A French architect claimed Friday to have uncovered the mystery about how Egypt's Great Pyramid of Khufu was built - with use of a spiral ramp to hoist huge stone blocks into place. The construction of the Great Pyramid 4,500 years ago by Khufu, a ruler also known as Cheops, has long befuddled scientists as to how its 3 million stone blocks weighing 2.5 tons each were lifted into place. Ending eight years of study on the subject, architect Jean-Pierre Houdin...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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