Unique Discovery Made in 1954 May Reveal the Greatest Secret of Giza’s Great Pyramid

A discovery made at the footsteps of the Pyramid in 1954 may help reveal its ancient secrets.


Mystery has long surrounded the construction of Egypt’s Great Pyramid, but now new discoveries reveal its secrets, as archaeologists uncover the last surviving relic of the pharaoh Khufu.

Although we have studied and researched the pyramids at Giza for decades, not many of their secrets have been revealed. The structures, some of which date back over 4,500 years, are shrouded in mystery. But in 1954, archeologists made a startling discovery. Experts excavated s series of wooden beams recovered near the base of the Great Pyramid of Giza.


Great Pyramid Discovery Made in 1954

The great pyramid of Giza is the only standing wonder of the ancient toward. Thought to have been built around 4,500 years ago and commissioned by Pharaoh Khufu as his eternal resting place, the Great Pyramid is the largest of the three monuments at the Giza plateau.

How the pyramid was built, and the ancients erected such a herculean project remains a mystery. And despite studying the pyramid for decades, we still have not understood how it was built. But, a recent documentary by Channel 4 may solve the secret, at least partially.

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Egypt’s Great Pyramid: The New Evidence‘ details how archaeologists are only beginning to learn more about this ancient civilization and how they erected the pyramid. The documentary delves into many of the pyramid’s secrets. At the foot of the monument, archaeologists are uncovering the last surviving relic of the pharaoh Khufu, whose tomb it is: a huge ceremonial boat buried in flat-pack form for more than 4500 years.

It’s a clue that points to the important role that ships and water could have played in the pyramids’ construction. This documentary follows investigations that reveal how strong the link between pyramids and boats is. It’s a story of more than how Egypt built a pyramid: it’s about how the pyramid helped build the modern world.


Understanding the process

The documentary dives into how the Egyptians sourced more than 170,000 tons of high-quality limestone to encase the pyramid. According to researchers, it was one of the builders’ biggest challenges. The documentary agrees with Egyptologists who say that the limestone most likely originated from quarries located far, far away, in Tora.

“Nobody has ever been completely sure how so much stone was brought to Giza to complete the build in just over a quarter of a century.” “But now new evidence is revealing that Khufu may have only managed this with a fleet of specially-built boats and highly-trained sailors,” the documentary argues.

What was the Great Pyramid Discovery Made in 1954

A Village and the pyramids during the flood-time, circa 1890 (Public Domain).
A Village and the pyramids during the flood-time, circa 1890 (Public Domain).

“At the foot of the pyramid, a unique find is shining light on this theory,” the documentary reveals.

In 1954, archeologists were excavating near the base of the Great Pyramid. There, they came across a series of wooden beams. The discovery did not sound like much back then, but researchers now say these wooden beams may help reveal many of the pyramid’s secrets.

Thanks to modern research, experts have revealed that the beams were the remains of an ancient boat that was dismantled long ago.

“These pieces of wood are a dismantled boat – a ceremonial ship that Khufu would command in the afterlife.”


The discovery is teaching experts a lot about ancient Egypt and how the vessels of ancient Egypt were used throughout history. According to Eissa Zidan who supervised the project, the particular remains of this boat may have even belonged to the Pharaoh himself.

“According to our analysis, this is the result from 2,600 BC,” Zidane said. “This is the same period as Khufu’s pyramids, so we know this is the boat of King Khufu,” revealed Zidan, continuing that this is currently the number one archaeological project, not only in Egypt but in the world as well.

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Written by Justin Gurkinic

Hey, my name is Justin, and my friends call me Gurk. Why? Becuase of my last name. It sounds like a vegetable. Kind of. I love sleeping and writing. History is my thing.

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