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New scanner to help unlock pyramid's secrets

By T.K. Randall
June 5, 2016 · Comment icon 6 comments



What lies within the walls of the Great Pyramid ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Nina Aldin Thune
A new type of scanning technology is being employed to look for hidden chambers inside the Great Pyramid.
Developed by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), this new method uses cosmic ray muon particles to build up a three-dimensional image of the interior.

"We're trying to discover the Pyramids of Giza and other pyramids as well, and whether or not there lies anything behind them, or any secrets we do not know about," said scientist Yasser Elshayeb.

The first stage of the investigation will be to focus the scans on known areas of the pyramid to ensure that everything is working before moving on to uncharted areas of the structure.
The project is being headed up by former Egyptian Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass.

"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," he said.

The first results from the project are expected to be revealed early next month.

Source: Tech Times | Comments (6)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Rhinopolis 7 years ago
It's invigorating that the pyramids haven't completely given up their mystery†
Comment icon #2 Posted by Gingitsune 7 years ago
A lot of scientic activity around the pyramids these past months, I hope we will gain a much better understanding of their construction a few years from now.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Calibeliever 7 years ago
Yes Egyptian tourism has taken some big hits the last couple of years so you have to generate enthusiasm any way you can. The pyramids have always held people's attention.
Comment icon #4 Posted by TheOtherSide1945 7 years ago
I hate Zahi Hawass so much. He is the symbol of what is wrong in archaeology.
Comment icon #5 Posted by PlasmaCraft 7 years ago
Is this the technology that Dr. Carmen Boulter has been referring to that she had been using near the mud pyramid to discover two levels of underground chambers, developed by Klaus Dona? Sounds like it.
Comment icon #6 Posted by kmt_sesh 7 years ago
Hawass is not involved in any current Egyptian archaeology and has not been since his formal departure from the ministry. Just the same, he's been quite vocal against the government's decision not to include him in the latest imaging analyses of the pyramids. To be fair to Hawass, as an archaeologist and researcher, he made many valid and important contributions to Egyptology, and his body of published works is perfectly credible. Where he lost his footing (and started to lose credibility) was when he gained increasing power in the antiquities ministry. Power went right to his head and seemed ... [More]


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