An autonomous robot has transmitted the first images from inside a tiny chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt – something that has not been seen by anyone in 4,500 years. Thought to be a gigantic tomb built for the the pharaoh Khufu over a 10 to 20-year period that ended somewhere around 2560 BC, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is the single remaining vestige of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. When it was first built it was 146.5 metres high, before crumbling to 138.8 metres tall, where it stands now.
This year, a team of engineers led by Rob Richardson from the University of Leeds in the UK decided to further investigate this mystery, and developed a new robot to help them explore the chamber. They got it to crawl up into the tunnel, and use its flexible “micro snake” camera to see into and around all the nooks, crannies and corners. What this robot found was 4,500-year-old hieroglyphs written in red paint, and carvings in the stone that could have been made by the stone masons at the time the chamber was being built. Via Robot captures first images of Great Pyramid’s secret chamber