Curiosity to unlock secrets hidden under Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, a team of researchers along with Egypt’s former antiquities minister and famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass, are putting in use a new scanner on the Great Pyramid.
The scanner was set up at the site in 2015 and will complete its data collection of the 4,500 year-old burial structure by this month. The scans are being used to create maps to reveal the internal structure of the 479 feet high pyramid. The maps might unlock ancient secrets that might have been buried beneath the stone.
Hawass said that if the scanner that uses subatomic particles known as muons is able to detect one of the three chambers that they are aware of are present inside the chamber then they will continue the scans.
Efforts have been made earlier as well. Last year, thermal scanning found an anomaly in the Great Pyramid, which is the largest and the oldest of the pyramids of Giza. It is also one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.
The Antiquities Ministry has appointed Hawass to lead the team that will review the scan results. Hawass said that the scanning technology may prove useful if directed by the right hands. Earlier he was quite skeptical whether such scans will turn out to be worth.
“You need Egyptologists to oversee all this, otherwise mistakes can be made. I hope these scans will help us obtain accurate information”, said Hawass. He said that he has come to a conclusion that another burial chamber remains undiscovered inside the pyramid.
The Great Pyramid is thought to have been built as a tomb for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufi, who died in 2566BC.
“You need Egyptologists to oversee all this, otherwise mistakes can be made,” he said. “I hope these scans will help us obtain accurate information.” adding that he believed another burial chamber remains undiscovered inside. Debate over possible new discoveries in Egyptology echo far outside the country, most recently over a contested theory that King Tutankhamun’s tomb contains additional antechambers,” according to a news report published by Fox News.
Last month, researchers led by Daniela Comelli of the Polytechnic University of Milan published a paper on a rare iron dagger found inside the boy king’s sarcophagus. Using a new form of portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometry, the team said that the dagger, dating to the Bronze Age, was most likely made using iron from a meteorite.
According to a story published on the topic by Reuters News, “French scientists equipped with a special telescope have joined the Scan the Pyramids project that was launched last year to discover the secrets of Egypt’s ancient structures. The telescope was developed by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and uses muon particles, which are similar to cosmic rays. The scientists hope it will help them verify and visualize hidden chambers and unknown structures in the pyramid.”
“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 Yasser Elshayeb, an assistant to the project manager. The scientists will concentrate first on known areas of the pyramid before they begin to sweep unexplored sections for any hidden chambers. They are expected to present their results by the beginning of July.
A report published in Daily Mail revealed, “For more than 4,500 years, Egypt’s pyramids have kept their secrets hidden deep within the labyrinth of passages and chambers that lie inside their towering stone structures. But the long-running row over whether the Great Pyramid of Giza is hiding a network of previously undiscovered tunnels behind its stone walls could soon finally be answered. A group of researchers who have been using cosmic particles known as muons to scan the Great Pyramid of Giza have said they expect to finish their work later this month.”
Last year thermal scanning identified a major anomaly in the Great Pyramid, the largest and oldest of the pyramids at Giza and one of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World.Those scans identified three adjacent stones at its base which registered higher temperatures than others. This led to theories that they may be hiding a secret chamber that has yet to be discovered.