Hawas meets with US tourism delegation, explains Khufu gap

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 - 11:13 GMT

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GIZA - 21 Nov 2017: Egyptian archaeologist and former minister of state for antiquities Zahi Hawass met on Tuesday with a US tourist delegation at the Pyramids plateau and asserted that Egypt and its antiquities are safe.

Hawass met with the American delegation to explain the newly-discovered gap in Khufu Pyramid, the largest of the Giza Pyramids which contains a hollow space of at least 100 feet, the first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century.

He also asserted that the political leadership in Egypt was really interested in developing the archaeological places.

Hawass also denied claims of the presence of an antique city under Sphinx.

He said the new discovery comes out of the ScanPyramids project, an international mission under the authority of Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities.

The way the grand pyramid was built makes it full of void spaces, he told the American delegation.

More than 50 foreign missions that conducted studies and explorations at the Pyramids have confirmed the existence of these gaps, according to Hawass.

Hawass excluded that these holes may have rooms built inside.

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