Lost Tunnel Discovered at Egypt’s Sahura Pyramid

Margie Jones
10/10/2023

Mystery Tunnel Discovered at Egypt's PyramidsThe entrance of a tunnel discovered at Egypt’s pyramids. Credit: Mohamed Khaled / Uni Würzburg

Researchers from Egypt and Germany have recently made significant discoveries at Egypt’s archaeological sites. These findings shed light on the architecture of Sahura’s pyramid, which belonged to the second king of the Fifth Dynasty, dating back to 2400 BC.

Dr. Mohamed Ismail Khaled, an Egyptian-German Egyptologist, led the efforts to uncover new rooms within the pyramid located at Abusir.

Despite years of previous research, these recent revelations continue to unravel secrets and mysteries hidden within Egypt’s ancient treasures. The collaboration between Egyptian and German experts has been instrumental in this ongoing exploration, reported The Jerusalem Post.

In 2019, excavations commenced with the primary objective of stabilizing the substructure to ensure a safe environment for further investigations. During this process, the team achieved a significant milestone by successfully securing access to the burial chambers of King Abusir for the very first time.

New walls and eight storerooms uncovered in Egypt pyramid tunnels

The team made important findings during their excavations. They revealed the original dimensions of the chamber and a plan for the antechamber, which had deteriorated greatly over time. This discovery allowed researchers to uncover hidden walls that concealed damaged ones.

Specifically, the eastern wall of the antechamber had suffered severe damage, with only the northeast corner and approximately thirty centimeters of the eastern wall remaining visible.

During the excavation, the team uncovered a narrow passage that had initially been found by John Perring in 1836. When they encountered this tunnel, it was completely blocked with debris, making it impassable.

However, the team was able to confirm Perring’s theory that this passage led to storage rooms. To date, they have revealed a total of eight storerooms through their efforts.

With the help of new technology, including 3D laser scanning using a portable LiDAR scanner called ZEB Horizon from GeoSLAM, the researchers joined forces with the 3D Geoscan team to carry out thorough surveys inside the pyramid.

This advanced technology enabled the team to create detailed maps covering the vast external areas as well as the tight corridors and chambers within the pyramid.

The regular scans offer immediate updates on the ongoing work and establish a lasting record of our exploration efforts. This remarkable project marks a crucial step forward in our comprehension of the pyramid of Sahura and its historical importance, according to the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg.

The uncovering and restoration of these storage spaces are poised to transform our perspective on the historical evolution of pyramid structures, potentially questioning established beliefs in the field.

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