The curse dates back the construction of both the Great Pyramid and a nearby burial site – which has been opened to the public despite a chilling warning from archaeologists.
Egyptian authorities have restored and reopened the 4,500-year-old tomb located in the “tribal mountains” near to the pyramid in Giza.
The Press Office of the Ministry of Antiquities launched the Giza Plateau Development Project to restore the tomb – which was supposedly cursed by one of the people in charge of the workers to protect it from thieves – which has been closed since 1990.
The tomb is the burial place of workers of the Great Pyramid.
However, archaeologist Zahi Hawass wrote in his book, Valley of the Golden Mummies, how the tomb and pyramid were cursed.
He described the chilling warning which was left on the walls of the tomb as reading: “All people who enter this tomb who will make evil against this tomb and destroy it, may the crocodile be against them in water, and snakes against them on land.
“May the hippopotamus be against them in water, the scorpion against them on land.”
The opening of the tomb just days before today’s revelation a mysterious ‘huge void’ had been found in the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Researchers announced the discovery on Thursday but said they did not know the purpose, contents or precise dimensions of what they are calling a “void” or “cavity” inside the pyramid, built as a monumental tomb around 2560 BC.
The curse of the pharaohs is a long-standing archeological myth due to the apparent high number of strange deaths linked to pyramid investigators.
Members of Howard Carter’s team – which discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 died in mysterious circumstances.
Most famously the expedition’s financial backer Lord Carnarvon was bitten by a mosquito, and later slashed the bite accidentally while shaving in 1923 just months after the famous discovery.
The new chamber discovery was made as part of the “ScanPyramids” project, which is using cosmic-ray imaging to map the interior of the great structures of Egypt.
To peer inside the pyramid, the scientists used an imaging technique called muon tomography that tracks particles that bombard Earth at close to the speed of light and penetrate deeply into solid objects.
Experts used muon technology which looks at muon particles that fall from the Earth’s atmosphere and usually pass through vacant spaces, but are also absorbed or deflected by harder surfaces – hence why the experts are capable of looking inside the pyramid without entering.
They said the newly discovered internal structure was at least 100 feet long, and located above a hallway measuring about 155 feet long called the Grand Gallery, one of a series of passageways and chambers inside the immense pyramid.