According to new measurements, there likely is a large hidden chamber in the Great Pyramid (Paper). There is already speculation about its contents, with people looking at religious sources the chamber may be based on. What bothers me about this is that I was under the impression that the interior decoration was done without suspending the rest of the building work, using using oil lamps as evidenced by soot. To achieve this, they would need access tunnels which connect all the chambers.

The newly discovered chamber would either need to have some other way of access or couldn't be decorated, making a religious purpose unlikely which leads me to think it might simply be stress relief for the chambers beneath it.

Are there any known chambers that are completely sealed off and do not have any external access?

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    I was under the impression that they were going to great lengths to refer to it as a void (i.e. empty space) rather than as a chamber, as they don't yet know how or why it was formed. – Steve Bird Nov 4 '17 at 1:26
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    @SteveBird Some elements of the popular press have been less responsible than others in that regard. – sempaiscuba Nov 4 '17 at 1:29
  • At first I didn't understand what you were saying. Then I realized that by decoration, you meant finishing. – John Dee Nov 4 '17 at 1:46
  • I really, really wish to know what Cheops and/or his architect had in his mind when building the pyramid and adding those long, extremely small shafts: – Thorsten S. Nov 4 '17 at 11:12
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    Today's article in Forbes magazine by Kristina Killgrove may give some context for the recent announcement of large voids in Khufu’s Pyramid. – sempaiscuba Nov 4 '17 at 21:27

In antiquity, the entrances to all pyramids were concealed.

Theoretically there can be discovered rooms and concealed rooms, theoretical rooms and controversially unconfirmed known unknown rooms, passageways and rooms that ascribe to different levels of ingenuity for concealment of precious artefacts, to avoid tomb robbers, built into illusions, upwards climbways, fake lime, false vistas, and tough barriers that don't sound hollow when they are rapped upon.

The passages and rooms must be photographed to ascertain their status as a passage or room and it's furnishings, rooms that vary to many different levels.

So archeologists want to drill the hidden voids quite often, if it is the only method of confirmation for their detective work.

To grant a drilling into their building, the host country often asks scientists for at least 2-3 studies, and has it's own debate about their 3200 year old buildings when the tourism isn't their main concern.

There is probably a book about Egyptian archeology which has a chapter about deceptive nature of the hidden rooms.

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    "So archeologists [sic] want to drill the hidden voids quite often." No. We really, really don't. – sempaiscuba Dec 6 '17 at 19:47
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    "In antiquity, the entrances to all pyramids were concealed" - actually not true – CGCampbell Jan 8 '18 at 19:28
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    Please give examples. That's tantalizingly vague. All the pyramids of giza and all other burial pyramids. Is it 99 percent right? There wasn't actually a general source of information for egyptian tomb concealment methods. the info's were rather sparse. The question has a paradoxical title, it was answered by nobody. – com.prehensible Jan 8 '18 at 22:36

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