Archaeology

Giza Pyramid mystery chamber may hold Pharaoh’s ‘meteorite throne’

The discovery of a huge previously unknown chamber deep inside the great pyramid has generated a huge amount of excitement among enthusiasts of Ancient Egyptian culture. However, due to logistical problems, researchers have not been able to get inside the chamber to find out what, if anything, lies inside it.

Researchers believe an iron throne made from meteors is inside the Great Pyramid

While various projects are ongoing aimed at tackling this problem, some researchers have gone to the ancient religious texts and chroniclers of Ancient Egypt to try and deduce what they might find when they finally manage to penetrate the tomb. One of the theories that have been put forward is that the hidden treasure inside the Great Pyramid is amazing – a throne forged from meteors.

Giulio Magli the Director of the Department of Mathematics and Professor of Archaeoastronomy at the Politecnico di Milano has been hard at work deciphering the Pyramid Texts. These texts are a collection of religious writings which were carved into the walls of pyramids in approximately 2400BC. According to Magli, it is entirely possible that the secret chamber contains the legendary throne of Pharaoh Khufu – or ‘Cheops.’

The throne is said to be forged from iron and as Magli explains, “it would not be melted iron but meteoritic iron, that is, fallen from the sky in the form of iron meteorites and again cited in the Texts.”

While this might sound unbelievable, there is evidence that the people of Ancient Egypt created some ornamental and ceremonial objects using iron extracted from meteors which had fallen from the sky. In 2016, it was found that a dagger owned by Tutankhamun was certainly forged from the metal compounds extracted from a meteorite. Meteoric iron is easy to identify for modern scientists because of its unusually high nickel content.

Great Pyramid of Giza’s hidden chamber is revealed

The reason why Magli is so convinced that the meteoric iron throne could lie within the Great Pyramid is that of the documentation in Pyramid texts relating to Egyptian funerals for pharaohs. He explains that these texts state that before the king can pass through to the next world through the stars of the north, then he first must pass through the ‘gates of the sky’ and sit on his ‘throne of iron.’ Magli explains that there are four narrow shafts in the Great Pyramid which may well indicate the gates of the sky. Therefore it makes perfect sense that an iron throne would also be entombed inside the chamber.

Given as no one has been inside the secret chamber of the Great Pyramid for thousands of years, it is impossible to say with any certainty that Magli’s theory is correct. However, he certainly provides a compelling case as to what may lie inside the elusively hidden chamber, and it may be that he is vindicated before long.

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