Researchers may be planning new attempts to unlock the secrets
of the Pharaohs, after a robot sent into the heart of Egypt's Great
Pyramid found its way barred.
The miniature robot drilled a hole in a limestone door blocking
a shaft and inserted a fibre optic camera through it only to find
the chamber blocked by yet another door - not seen for more than
Despite the disappointment, several scientists called the
discovery "very important", believing that "something amazing" may
be hidden behind the second door.
"The finding... promises almost with certainty that there is a
chamber on the other side," Robert Bauvel, expert on ancient Egypt,
"Maybe something belonging to [pharaoh] Khufu is hidden behind
the second one. Maybe there is nothing," Zahi Hawass, director of
Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), said.
Mr Hawass said the next job for researchers was to study the
footage and plan for further inspections, which could take up to
Scientists hope that the twelve centimetre (five inch) tall
robot - dubbed the Pyramid Rover - may yet return for another crack
at the mysteries of the Pharaohs.
Mr Bauvel, who is also the author of The Great Pyramid book,
expressed hopes that the robot would find another chamber.
He said that it may be "a room - probably with artefacts - but
mainly with the stature of the king... where [the Egyptians]
imagined that the soul of the king habits the statue."