Egypt hunts for hidden pyramid chambers with cosmic rays

Egypt hunts for hidden pyramid chambers with cosmic rays

Egyptologists, rejoice. A brand new undertaking was launched on the weekend with the aim of scanning Egypt’s pyramids to seek out secrets and techniques about how they have been constructed, and even uncover hidden rooms and chambers. The challenge is headed by Egypt’s antiquity ministry, which is heading a staff of specialists from Japan, France and Canada. The goal is to make use of infrared scanners and uncommon, esoteric cosmic ray detectors to map the inside of a number of pyramids, together with the Pyramids of Cheops and Chephren at Giza. The staff stated it might additionally use the identical method to show (or disprove) a principle that the legendary Queen Nefertiti is buried in a chamber subsequent to Tutankhamun.

Egypt hunts for hidden pyramid chambers with cosmic rays

A muon-scanning cosmic ray lab, just like the sort that peered inside Japan’s Fukushima reactor, might be arrange in Egypt to assist with the scans. Muon particles come from deep area and penetrate a lot deeper than, say, X-rays, in order that they’re notably good at discovering deep underground voids that would point out a chamber or tunnel. Such scans are pretty low-decision and take weeks to finish, nevertheless. “An analogous try was made 30 years in the past, however that is the primary undertaking at a worldwide degree utilizing slicing-edge know-how to look contained in the pyramids,” stated a French researcher collaborating within the undertaking. “The thought is to seek out the answer to the thriller of the pyramids.”

[Image credit: Wikimedia/Olaf Tausch]

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