Experts in new bid to unravel ‘secrets’ of pyramids


Share post:

A group of Egyptian and foreign experts launched Sunday a new bid to unravel the “secrets” of the pyramids, including a search for hidden chambers inside four famed pharaonic monuments.

Experts in new bid to unravel 'secrets' of pyramids
An Egyptian guide walks leading a horse at the Giza pyramids 
on the southern outskirts of Cairo, on September 27, 2015 
[Credit: AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed]

Architects and scientists from Egypt, France, Canada and Japan will use modern infra-red technology and advanced detectors to map two pyramids at Giza and the two Dahshur pyramids, south of Cairo.

“This special group will study these pyramids to see whether there are still any hidden chambers or other secrets” inside them, Minister of Antiquities Mamduh al-Damati announced at a news conference.

“These engineers and architects will conduct the survey using non-destructive technology that will not harm the pyramids,” he said.

Experts in new bid to unravel 'secrets' of pyramids
Detectors, placed at appropriate places (e.g. inside the pyramid, under a possible yet 
undetected chamber) allow, by accumulation of muons over time, to discern the void 
areas (that muons crossed without problem) from denser areas where some of them
 were absorbed or deflected [Egypt Ministry of Antiquities]

Experts said the study, known as “Scan Pyramids,” will also be a fresh attempt to understand how the monuments were built in the first place.

Many previous missions have attempted to unravel the mysteries of the pyramids, but archaeologists and scientists have yet to come up with a concrete theory explaining how the structures were built.

Khufu’s pyramid, also known as the Great pyramid of Giza — the tallest of all the pyramids — was built by the son of Snefru, founder of the fourth dynasty (2,575-2,465 BC), while the Khafre’s pyramid or Chephren was built by the son of Khufu.

Experts in new bid to unravel 'secrets' of pyramids
The Dahshur and Giza plateau will be reconstructed in 3D, with all their monuments,
 pyramids,temples, Sphinx by combine two technologies: photogrammetry … 
and drones [Egypt Ministry of Antiquities]

The two pyramids at Dahshur were built by Snefru.

“The idea is to find the solution to the mystery of the pyramids,” said Mehdi Tayoubi, founder of Paris-based HIP Institute that is participating in the project.

“A similar attempt was made 30 years ago, but this is the first project at a global level using cutting-edge technology to look inside the pyramids,” he told AFP.

Project “Scan Pyramids” is expected to last until the end of 2016.

Damati said the “infra-red and muon” technologies that would be used to search the four pyramids could also be useful to look for a possible hidden chamber in King Tutankhamun’s tomb, which may be the burial place of Queen Nefertiti.

Archaeologists have never discovered the mummy of the legendary beauty, but renowned British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves said in a recent study that her tomb could be in a secret chamber adjoining Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of Kings at Luxor, southern Egypt.

Reeves, who was in Luxor in September to probe his theory, believes one door of Tutankhamun’s tomb could conceal the burial place of Nefertiti.

Egypt has already approved using radars to search the boy king’s tomb, which was found by British Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922.

Source: AFP [October 25, 2015]



Related articles

Hundreds of Liquor Bottles belonging to British Soldiers from World War I were Exposed near Ramla

An unexpected discovery was recently made in an archaeological excavation of the Israel Antiquities Authority being conducted in...

225 prehistoric graves discovered in North Brabant, Netherlands

A rescue excavation ahead of the planned construction of a new residential area in the Dutch village Berkel-Enschot...

2,700-year-old toilet found in Jerusalem was a rare luxury

Israeli archaeologists have found a rare ancient toilet in Jerusalem dating back more than 2,700 years, when private...

Medieval ‘chastising’ whip found at UK abbey

A whip used by monks to chastise themselves has been found at Rufford Abbey. The medieval item was...

Archaeologists resume work in Iraq’s Shanidar Cave

Archaeologists are now able to resume their work in northern Iraq's Neanderthal caves, thanks to the elimination of...

Ancient rock art discovered in the plains of India

In the evening breeze on a stony hilltop a day's drive south of Mumbai, Sudhir Risbud tramped from...

Underwater archaeological sites discovered near Tunis

A team from the Tunisian National Heritage Institute (INP) has discovered a series of underwater archaeological sites of...

Detectorists hit jackpot at sites across Wales

Hoards of Medieval and Tudor treasure has been found at sites across South Wales. Eight discoveries from the...