An Egyptian archaeologist overseeing a project to scan a pyramid for voids on Saturday criticised the announcement of a discovery of a passenger plane-sized cavity in the Great Pyramid.
Scientists with the ScanPyramids project revealed on Thursday that the void discovered with subatomic particle scans was the first major structure found inside the pyramid since the 19th century.
It is thought to be at least 30 metres (98 feet) long and located above the “Grand Gallery” — a sloped corridor almost 50 metres long and nine metres high which links Khufu’s burial chamber at the pyramid’s centre to a tunnel leading outside.
The findings were published by the science journal Nature.
But Zahi Hawass, who heads the ScanPyramids science committee overseeing the project, said there was no new “discovery”.
He said he had met other scientists from ScanPyramids who “showed us their conclusions, and we informed them this is not a discovery,” he told AFP.