New Scanner Could Unravel Secrets Of Egypt’s Great Pyramid

Posted: Jun 4 2016, 6:55am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 5 2016, 7:58pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

New Scanner Could Unravel Secrets of Egypt’s Great Pyramid
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Team testing new scanning technology to peer inside the Great Pyramid of Giza.

A number of myths are associated with Egyptian pyramids, but none of them could be proven or debunked altogether.

You might have heard that a project named Scan Pyramids was commenced last year where a mix of infrared technology, 3D construction and Muon radiography was used to unlock the 4500 years old mystery of pyramids. Reseachers also discovered an intriguing anomaly inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, hinting on the existence of more hidden structures and unknown chambers and corridors.

Now, archeologists have tested a new scanner on the Great Pyramid of Giza on Thursday and they believe that the cutting-edge technology could help unravel the secrets buried deep beneath the stone.

Researchers have once again used muon radiography to track the cosmic particles that constantly rain down from Earth’s atmosphere and are absorbed by the walls of the pyramid. The scans are expected to run through whole month in order to collect data.

“It’s running right now and if it manages to detect one of the three chambers we already know exist inside, then we will continue the scans.” Egypt's former antiquities minister and famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass said in a statement.

The muon technology can create three-dimensional maps of inner champers and can help peek inside the pyramid without being damaging the ancient artifacts.

"Just like X-rays pass through our bodies allowing us to visualise our skeleton, these elementary particles, weighing around 200 times more than electrons, can very easily pass through any structure, even large and thick rocks, such as mountains.” Mehdi Tayoubi, president of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute and a co-director of the Scan Pyramids mission said in a statement last month.

The technology was last month applied 4500-year-old Bent Pyramid which is located 25 miles south of Cairo and was built by Pharaoh Sneferu. Scans, however, ruled out the possibility that Sneferu was buried in a hidden chamber inside. Researchers are hoping that new scans will help them obtain accurate information about Great Pyramid of Giza too.

The Great Pyramid is thought to have been built as a tomb for Pharaoh Khufu, also known as Cheops, who died around 2566 BC and it took around10 to 20 year and nearly two million tons of stone to complete this archeological wonder

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