In an era of space exploration that aims to look at the past and creation of this Universe, the past and history of our own planet still fascinates people. In the latter category are the researchers in Egypt, who might have found an undiscovered tomb inside the Great Pyramid of Giza.
- Multinational research team finds “thermal anomalies” inside the Great Pyramid of Giza
- The discovery is part of the “Scan Pyramids” project, which looks to digitally map the entire Giza Plateau
- Researchers found significant differences in temperature at the ground level
A new report this week revealed that the Pyramids still have uncovered mysteries that were detected due to “thermal anomalies.” These striking differences in temperature found by the multinational research team could be explained if there was another tomb at the ground level of the 4,500-year-old structure.
According to Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, the eastern side presents as a uniform wall in the pyramid’s first row of stones, except for a difference in the formation. Mamdouh el-Damaty, the Egyptian minister of antiquities, said the team discovered a small visible passage in the ground, leading up to an area with a different temperature.
What hides behind the passage is a question that still awaits an answer. Such thermal anomalies were also found on three other pyramids in Dahshur and Giza, but the ministry said the temperature differences were nowhere nearly as impressive as the ones detected at the Great Pyramid.
Some of the Great Pyramid’s stones appear to be six degrees warmer or cooler than the ones next to them, while the anomalies found at the other pyramids were all in the range of 0.1 to 0.5 degrees. The Ministry of Antiquities said there are several explanations for the temperature differences. They could be caused by the passing of “internal air currents” or by the “presence of voids” beneath the stone blocks.
Mehdi Tayoubi, the director of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute, which is conducting the project in collaboration with Cairo University, tweeted a fascinating image of a watercolor painting with the exact location of the thermal anomaly in the Great Pyramid.
This discovery came two weeks after the “Scan Pyramids” project was launched, a long-term effort whose goal is to get a full picture of the pyramid’s internal structure by using “non-invasive visualization techniques” – think lasers, infrared scanners, and drones. According to the project’s website, the team won’t be using any drilling for the building of a 3-D model of the Giza Plateau.
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