New Mystery? Scientists to scan Egypt's pyramids with waves and particles

Scientists will scan four of Egypt's ancient pyramids starting next month using waves, particles and thermal imaging in order to see what lies beneath their surface.

hidden October 26, 2015 08:15:35 IST
New Mystery? Scientists to scan Egypt's pyramids with waves and particles

Cairo: Scientists will scan four of Egypt's ancient pyramids starting next month using waves, particles and thermal imaging in order to see what lies beneath their surface.

New Mystery Scientists to scan Egypts pyramids with waves and particles

The Cheops pyramid and the Sphinx at Gizeh. Three Lions/Getty Images

Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty says the project will begin south of Cairo with the scanning of the so-called Bent Pyramid at Dashour, followed by the nearby Red Pyramid.

Later, the two largest pyramids on the Giza plateau, those of Cheops and Chephren, will also be scanned. The structures are over 4,500 years old.

At a news conference, scientist Matthieu Klein of Canada's Laval University says his team will use infrared technology to scan several meters (yards) beneath the surface without touching the structures.

He says "there could be interesting things there, even a few meters deep, two or three blocks deep."

AP

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