Egyptians halt search in pyramid
David Keys has been The Independent’s Archaeology Correspondent since the paper started in 1986. He has worked in journalism (staff and freelance; newspapers, magazines, radio and TV) for 45 years - and has specialized successively in home affairs (1970s), foreign affairs, aviation and international trade (1970/80s) and archaeology/history (after 1986). He has visited more than a thousand archaeological and historical sites in 60 countries – and, over recent years has originated and/or acted as consultant on 40 archaeology/history TV documentaries. He also writes on modern history – producing detailed studies (more than 70 so far) of the long-term causes of the world’s current conflicts and crises. His major book - Catastrophe, an Investigation into the Origins of the Modern World - explores the relationship between climatic problems and history. A new edition is about to be published on kindle – and will include major new revelations about how modern climate change is likely to impact the world economically and politically. www.davidkeys.co.uk, email@example.com
Monday 25 April 1994
THE search for a mystery chamber inside the Great Pyramid in Egypt has been stopped by the Egyptian authorities - at least for the time being, writes David Keys.
The Egyptian government's antiquities organisation has refused permission for the German robotics expert, Rudolf Gantenbrink, to continue with his exploration of the interior of the Great Pyramid of Cheops at Giza, just outside Cairo.
Mr Gantenbrink has spent several years developing a miniature robot - equipped with a video camera - to explore tiny passageways deep inside the pyramid.
Early last year, the robot discovered what appeared to be a miniature stone door at the end of a passageway 71 yards long and 8 inches wide which had been constructed from the south side of the pyramid's queen's chamber 4,500 years ago by the ancient Egyptians.
No official reason has been given for the refusal. The Egyptians say they want to conduct the investigations inside the pyramid themselves, but have no remote-controlled robots to do the work.
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