Two New Cavities Detected In Egypt’s Great Pyramid

Posted: Oct 18 2016, 11:18pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 18 2016, 11:32pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Two New Cavities Detected in Egypt’s Great Pyramid
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Researchers claim to have discovered two new voids or cavities within the Great Pyramid of Giza, the biggest pyramid ever constructed in Egypt.

Egyptian pyramids have long been shrouded in myth, mystery and legends. But, thanks to the advanced technology, researchers have managed to peek deep inside these ancient structures and are trying to unlock this 45,000-year old mystery.

Researchers from Scan Pyramids project have recently announced some intriguing new discoveries using latest imaging technology. They claim to have found two new cavities or voids within the Great Pyramid of Giza. And such cavities could lead to the discovery of previously unknown hidden chambers and corridors.

“We are now able to confirm the existence of a 'void' hidden behind the north face, that could have the form of at least one corridor going inside the Great Pyramid,” Scan Pyramids team said in a press release.

“The precise shape, size, and exact position of this void is now under further investigation. It should be done with the help of 12 new Muon Emulsion plates that are installed in the descending corridor, and will be collected by the end of October 2016.”

The Scan Pyramids project was started on October last year under the authority of Egyptian Ministry of Antiques and involves both the local and international institutions and universities. The research team has been using latest imaging technologies like infrared thermography and 3D scans with lasers and drones to see through the pyramids without wrecking any structure while the recent discovery was made possible by mapping technique muography that can detect cosmic particles raining down on Earth.

“Muon particles permanently reach the Earth with a speed close to the speed of light and a flux around 10,000 per m² per minute. They originate from the interactions of cosmic rays created in the universe with the atoms of the upper atmosphere.” Scan Pyramids project team said.

Several anomalies have been detected back in November last year using thermal scanning and among them was the lastest one found on the Northern Face of the Great Pyramid. The anomaly was further investigated with more complementary techniques before reaching a conclusion. 

The other cavity was found in North East Edge of Khufu pyramid. It was detected by Muon gas detectors (telescopes) deployed outside the great pyramid back in June.

The Scan Pyramids project is in progress and is expected to end later this year.


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