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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.