> Would you care to explain to my two young children that the 2nd
> chamber of the Great Pyramid - in spite of its name - was not,
> in fact, the burial chamber for the Pharaoh's queen.
It was called that by the Arabs - 'a misnomer which it has retained' (Edwards, 1961, 122).
> And while
> you are it - can you also update every book and website
> published to ensure that future children are not fed this
> complete nonsense.
I admit it's rather confusing. The only way of getting around it is just to explain to future children that it was an old - though not the original; a misnomer, that somehow stuck.
> How long have we known this was NOT a
> Queen's burial chamber
Short answer: I don't know. Presumably, when it was realized that the most likely purpose of the chamber was as a serdab for the statue of a ka. (Lehner, 1997, 111-2).
> and nothing has been done to change it
> i.e. the NAME of this chamber.
Some popular names just hang on and on, even though they're completely misplaced and inaccurate. Cleopatra's Needle, for example - an obelisk from a thousand years before Cleopatra VII, dating from the time of Thutmose III; the Holy Roman Empire ('neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire') ... etc etc.