The Sun (Malaysia)

Pyramids scanned

> A group of experts is using infra-red technology to look inside four pharaonic monuments for any more hidden secrets


AGROUP of Egyptian and foreign experts recently launched a new bid to unravel the ‘secrets’ of the pyramids, including a search for hidden chambers inside four famed pharaonic monuments.

Architects and scientists from Egypt, France, Canada and Japan will use modern infra-red technology and advanced detectors to map two pyramids at Giza and the two Dahshur pyramids, south of Cairo.

“This special group will study these pyramids to see whether there are still any hidden chambers or other secrets” inside them, Minister of Antiquitie­s Mamduh al-Damati announced at a news conference.

“These engineers and architects will conduct the survey using non-destructiv­e technology that will not harm the pyramids.”

Experts said the study, known as Scan Pyramids, will also be a fresh attempt to understand how the monuments were built in the first place.

Many previous missions have attempted to unravel the mysteries of the pyramids, but archaeolog­ists and scientists have yet to come up with a concrete theory explaining how the structures were built.

Khufu’s pyramid, also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza ( above) – the tallest of all the pyramids – was built by the son of Snefru, founder of the fourth dynasty (2,575-2,465BC), while the Khafre’s pyramid or Chephren ( below) was built by the son of Khufu.

The two pyramids at Dahshur were built by Snefru.

“The idea is to find the solution to the mystery of the pyramids,” said Mehdi Tayoubi, founder of Paris-based HIP Institute that is participat­ing in the project.

“A similar attempt was made 30 years ago, but this is the first project at a global level using cutting-edge technology to look inside the pyramids.”

Project Scan Pyramids is expected to last until the end of 2016.

Mamduh said the “infra-red and muon” technologi­es that would be used to search the four pyramids could also be useful to look for a possible hidden chamber in King Tutankhamu­n’s tomb, which may be the burial place of Queen Nefertiti.

Archaeolog­ists have never discovered the mummy of the legendary beauty, but renowned British archaeolog­ist Nicholas Reeves said in a recent study that her tomb could be in a secret chamber adjoining Tutankhamu­n’s tomb in the Valley of Kings at Luxor, southern Egypt.

Reeves, who was in Luxor in September to probe his theory, believes one door of Tutankhamu­n’s tomb could conceal the burial place of Nefertiti. Egypt has already approved using radars to search the boy king’s tomb, which was found by British Egyptologi­st Howard Carter in 1922. –

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