Ah, thank you very much! And Amenhotep was the architect, no?
You got Cheops and Khufu straightened out, but the architect of Khufu's pyramid was his cousin and vizier, Hemiunu. This man was burried in a mastaba right by the Great Pyramid, not surprisingly.
The Great Pyramid is one of the most heavily studied, probed, measured, and examined monuments on earth. There are still mysteries asscoiated with this edifice, but I think you can discount a "secret" chamber in which the mummy is yet to be found. There is no credible evidence for it. I would have to agree with Osiris II in this argument.
In the article Lostris quoted there is the line "And there's a half-ready sarchopagus in it. Most of the scientists think Cheops was never buried here." I know of no respected Egyptologist or historian who has stated for the record that Khufu was never buried in the King's Chamber; this is the kind of statement generally made by fringe theorists and pyramidiots. And there's really nothing "half-ready" about the sarcophagus in the King's Chamber,
the actual burial chamber. It is a very typical Old Kingdom sarcophagus. We have one much like it in our exhibit at the Field, though ours is a bit smaller. Khufu's sarcophagus was fully dressed and finished but damaged in antiquity. No one can be sure precisely when his pyramid was picked clean by tomb robbers, though it may have been during the chaotic and desperate times of the First Intermediate Period, when the weakened government could no longer afford to keep most of the necropoli patrolled by guards; this would have been around 400 years after the burial of Khufu.
As I like to say, there's no reason to go searching for fanciful, whimsical theories when plentiful evidence exists to tell a logical story.
Osiris II wrote:
The idea of him building a pyramid in which to be buried and then being interred in another place is a bit of imagination at work!
Though I would agree that this is usually the case, it probably wasn't always so. Senusret III, fifth king of the 12th Dynasty, built a sizable pyramid complex at Dashur during his reign (circa 1878-1841 BCE). In our exhibit we have one of the royal funerary boats that was buried just outside this complex. Though in ruins today, the complex was clearly a magnificant structure, befitting a great ruler like Senusret III Khakaure. Nevertheless, many historians (including Mark Lehner, one of the greatest of our times) now are quite certain that this pyramid complex was just a cenotaph. Senusret III built a massive subterranean tomb (over 600 ft. long) at Abydos, and this was likely where he was buried. This was the first clear attempt at concealing a royal burial, and it's one of the largest underground tombs in Egypt.
Here's the latest photo
of Senusret III's Abydos tomb.
Okay, I lied, that's not it. I couldn't find any photos of it on the web. Sorry.