Is it true no mummies were found in the Great Pyramid of Giza?

21 Feb

This blog is called What Can I Learn Today? But sometimes it should be called What Did I Learn Today, as I stumble across knowledge quite by accident.

And so it was today.

I was reading – of all things – Karl Pilkington’s book An Idiot Abroad, which details his travels through places such as Egypt and Brazil. And I came across a fact I found hard to believe, especially given the comedic tone of his writing.

Karl casually revealed no mummies have ever been found in the Great Pyramid of Giza and I couldn’t quite fathom it as I thought the structure was actually built as a giant tomb for the pharaoh Khufu.

But it’s true, as detailed at the site for the 7 Wonders, of which the pyramid is the only one still standing.

This is actually just one of the mysteries surrounding the pyramid, others including the scarcity of hieroglyphics, the use of ascending and descending passages, the presence of a Grand Gallery and mystery shafts extending from the Kings and Queens Chambers.

Even today, historians and archeologists are still working to unlock its secrets. But I suspect some of them will forever be left untold.

At least until we invent time travel . . .

In the meantime, have fun learning about more Egyptology mysteries here.

And for some fun, let’s cast our minds back to the heydays of The Bangles.

 

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4 Responses to “Is it true no mummies were found in the Great Pyramid of Giza?”

  1. Gavin Lauman February 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Where do you get this stuff from?

    • whatcanilearntoday February 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

      Well, I read a lot of books, magazines, newspapers and websites and watch a lot of TV and DVDs so inspiration for the questions just comes organically. But then the hard part begins – the research. Like any good journo I spend hours on it to make sure I get my facts right and attribute where necessary. You would be proud!

    • 317 September 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

      It was a big fake safe room. When some army would come to kill a pharaoh, they would point to this big Pyramid and say, he/she is there, go get him/her, hey its a maze with traps, Good luck, we cant even find him in there.

  2. conspiracycollege January 6, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    According to the “Ancient Aliens” show no mummies have been found inside the pyramids. The kings were buried in the Valley of the Kings and their tombs were marked KV and a number. Archeologists have told us that tombs were raided by looters over time. This is just a theory and the great mystery as to what pyramids were used for still remains unsolved.

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