Some recent news may make recent pyramid discussions redundant! What seems to be a hidden chamber has been discovered in the Great Pyramid. (I had to read it a couple of times to convince myself it was bona fide.)
The German Archaeological Institute in Cairo was engaged in a project to improve the ventilation of the Great Pyramid. The plan was to clear the two small passages leading from the King's Chamber, which had become clogged by rubble:
German engineer and roboticist Rudolf Gantenbrink was given the task, achieved by the simple expedient of attaching a point to an old lorry axle and dropping it down the shafts; after which he used a small, tracked robot with a video-camera to study the shafts before fans were installed.
He next requested permission to use his robot to explore a similar passage leading from the Queen's chamber, which lies lower down in the pyramid. And this is where the story gets interesting.
The passageway is 20cm square and rises from the Queen's Chamber at an angle of 45 degrees. It was previously thought to extend no more than eight metres, but Gantenbrink sent his robot up and it just kept on going (very slowly) for 65 metres. Over the last couple of metres, the walls of the passage changed from rough to finely polished limestone, and then the robot came to a door. This is possibly of alabaster or yellow limestone, with tongue and groove fittings suggesting that it might be raised or lowered.
The door has two copper fittings near the centre, which have been variously described as handles or just plain strips. A gap exists at the bottom of the door, too small for the camera to see through, and in front of this lies a scatter of black dust. The robot is to be refitted with a fibre-optic lens and light-source later this year, which should be able to peer through the gap and show what lies beyond the door. What's behind the door?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Stower)
Subject: Hidden Chamber (really!)
Date: 17 Aug 93 17:31:44 GMT
Organization: Computer Science, Liverpool University
Stonehenge is located in the English county of Wiltshire. It is believed that this stone monument was erected in 2500 BC and serves to be a burial ground. Stonehenge was produced by a culture that left no written records. How the stones were erected is the big mystery.
Stonehenge has been subjected to many theories about its origin, ranging from the academic worlds of archaeology to explanations from mythology and the paranormal. A giant helps Merlin build Stonehenge. From a manuscript of the Brut by Wace in the British Library. This is the oldest known depiction of Stonehenge.
Many early historians were influenced by supernatural folktales in their explanations. Some legends held that Merlin had a giant build the structure for him or that he had magically transported it from Mount Killaraus in Ireland, while others held the Devil responsible.