It seems that the mysterious void that is inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is about 30m long, might actually contain some kind of “iron throne” made out of a meteorite. According to archaeologists, that throne might have been placed there to help the Pharaoh in his journey into the afterlife. The researchers concluded this after analyzing an ancient text which talked about this unusual ritual. Experts discovered this mysterious void during the Scan Pyramids project, back in November last year.
Archaeologists have been trying to find the purpose of this void since discovering it. Now, Giulio Magli, Professor of Archaeoastronomy at the Politecnico di Milano, thinks he may have found the answer. According to some ancient texts, there is a possible interpretation which may have also been applied in this case. The Pharaoh, before passing into the afterlife, will need to pass the “gates of the sky” and then sit on his “iron throne”. The Great Pyramid of Giza, or Cheop’s Pyramid, was built around 2550 BC and it’s the largest one in history.
The “iron throne” inside the Great Pyramid
According to Magli, if we want to get an idea about how this throne looks like, we should be looking at Queen Hetepheres’ throne. She was Cheop’s mother and her throne was found in pieces and reconstructed at the Harvard University. That throne is actually a rather low chair made out of cedar wood and covered in gold and faience. So, when it comes to Cheop’s throne, that one might be very similar but covered in iron instead of gold.
Moreover, that would most certainly not be melted iron, but meteoritic iron. Ancient Egyptians used this special material after it fell from the sky in form of iron meteorites. The famous dagger of king Tutankhamen was also made of meteoritic iron.
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