In an article titledCosmic-Ray Particles Reveal Secret Chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid,” Scientific American reports that new technology that tracks particles called “muons” has been used to discover an approximate 30 foot chamber within the Great Pyramid in Egypt. This chamber could lead to new theories about how the pyramids were built.

LIU Post professor Bob Brier, an Egyptologist and author of the book The Secret of the Great Pyramid (Smithsonian), was quoted extensively in the article, calling the discovery “real news.”

“Brier has a third theory,” the article reads. “In 2007, he and French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin suggested that the Grand Gallery formed part of a huge counterweight system. Weights sliding down the floor of the Grand Gallery could have raised the hefty, granite blocks that comprise the King’s chamber, he says. He speculates that the new space could be part of a second counterweight system higher up.

“The results also seem to reject the theory, put forward by Houdin and Brier, that the builders of the Great Pyramid used an internal ramp to raise blocks up to the highest levels. ‘These data suggest that the ramp is not there,’ says Brier. ‘I think we’ve lost.'”

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