Using cosmic ray detectors, lasers and drones to take thermal images, scientists are hoping to discover new tombs and hidden burial chambers behind the walls of the Great Pyramid of Giza. On October 25, “Operation Scan Pyramids” began its first stage of analysis and the data collected didn’t fail to deliver.
Mysterious heat spots were found in the monuments, specifically at the lower level of Cheops (the great pyramid) where scientists discovered that an area of blocks, had a temperature much greater than its neighbouring stones.
Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamduh al-Damati, says that (1) three of the limestone blocks in the first row on the Great Pyramid were “different in formation,” and that a similar situation was found in the middle of the pyramid’s eastern side. Additional ground scans have suggested that “there is something like a small passage leading up to the pyramid ground, reaching an area with a different temperature,”.
This discovery comes just days after infrared cameras sent into King Tut’s burial chamber, in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor, found similar temperature anomalies along the northern and western walls. Giving hope that another burial chamber, perhaps that of Tut’s mother, Nefertiti can be found in this location.
Mamduh al-Damati, says that it is too soon to determine the reason behind of the anomalies. “It could be void spaces, fissures or passages. So far, I don’t know,”. Yet the finding have been exciting to say the least.
The great pyramids of Giza are said to have been built between 2613 and 2494 B.C.E and Cheops being the oldest largest of the monuments built for Pharaoh Khufu.
“Khufu will offer us today one of its secrets,” says Mamduh al-Damati.
Operation scan pyramids is expected to run until the end of 2016.