Researchers from the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute and those from Cairo University in Egypt have disclosed they found temperature differences that could be the result of an undiscovered tomb at the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
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Using advanced scanning technologies, the international team of researchers noted that stones at the ground level at the eastern side of the pyramid were warmer than those in other parts of the 4,500-year-old pyramid.
“The first row of the pyramid’s stones are all uniform, then we come here and find that there’s a difference in the formation,” said Mamdouh el-Damaty, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, on Monday. “That there is something like a small passage in the ground that you can see, leading up to the pyramids ground, reaching an area with a different temperature. What will be behind it?”
There were also thermal anomalies observed in three other pyramids in Giza and Dahshur – 12 miles south, but according to the Ministry of Antiquities, the thermal anomalies in Giza were most impressive. Although those in other pyramids ranged from 0.1 to 0.5 degrees, the one at Giza was 6 degrees warmer or cooler than stones next to them.
“There is something here,” Hany Helal, a professor at Cairo University. “Something is not normal with respect to the other parts of the Pyramid.”
Experts are of the opinion that the differences in temperature could be due to voids located beneath the surface, or the circulation of air currents within and underneath the stone blocks.
Otherwise known as the Pyramid of Cheops, or the Pyramid of Khufu, the Great Pyramid of Egypt is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one remaining today.
Researchers from the University of Laval in Quebec and the Nagoya University in Japan have teamed up with those from the University of Cairo to scan the pyramids using “non-invasive visualization techniques” such as drones, infrared scanners, lasers and others to map the internal structure of the pyramid “without drilling the slightest opening.”