The Giza pyramid could hide the real life “Iron Throne”
The most famous Iron Throne of all in pop culture may be situated in Westeros – the legendary fictional land from the hit TV show “The Game of Thrones”, but a team of scientists believes they may have stumbled upon a non-fictional “Iron Throne”, i.e. a real one, in the Giza pyramid of all places – which happens to be the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact to this day.
Last year, a high-tech research team made a surprising discovery while scanning the internal structures of the mysterious Giza pyramid with the help of subatomic particles.
These scans revealed the existence of a vast, football-field-sized void within the pyramid itself, the purpose of which they were not able to explain at the time of the discovery.
However, Giulio Magli, an archaeoastronomy professor at Politecnico di Milano in Italy, offers one plausible interpretation for the discovery, backed by what we already know about the Egyptian funerary religion as witnessed in the Pyramids Texts.
Namely, Professor Magli points out that the key lies in these texts where it is clearly mentioned that the Pharaoh – before reaching the stars of the North – will first have to pass through the “gates of the sky” and sit on his “throne of iron”.
Still, this is just conjecture. If these texts are to be believed, then the real life “iron throne” just might be sitting in the mysterious void of the marvelous Giza pyramid.
Further, the scientists say that if there is indeed a throne hidden in that secret chamber, it might not be made of iron after all.
An earlier discovery at the Giza pyramid saw scientists recover a throne made of wood and covered with sheets of gold. The throne in question may also have a similar wooden construction covered with thin iron sheets of iron meteorites, a material which ancient Egyptians were well aware of.
The only way to know for certain whether ‘the Iron Throne of ancient Egypt’ truly exists or not is to fully explore the pyramid’s north shaft, which scientists believe may connect to the recently discovered void.
However, the shaft is said to be too small to allow proximate human exploration, and there are no plans in place for such exploration in the foreseeable future.
Until then, this puzzling discovery will continue to fuel our imaginations, as all ancient discoveries do.