Great Pyramid thermal scan reveals temperature variations
Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al Damaty - YOUM7
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CAIRO: A thermal scanning carried out at the Great Pyramid at Giza indicated that some of its limestone blocks were hotter than others, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al Damaty said in a statement Monday.

The scanning is a part of the “Scan Pyramids” international project launched in late October to scan the pyramids to better understand their architecture and interior design by using non-invasive radar.

Thermal scanning of Egypt's Great Pyramid

Thermal scanning of Egypt’s Great Pyramid

“The scan revealed the existence of several thermal anomalies that were observed on all monuments during the heating up or the cooling down phases,” according to Damaty.

The outcome of the scan might initiate several theories and possibilities including “the presence of voids behind the Great Pyramid’s surface or probably the existence of internal air currents,” Damaty said, adding that the subsequent phases of the project might reveal the mystery behind the said blocks.

Thermal scanning of Egypt's Great Pyramid

Thermal scanning of Egypt’s Great Pyramid

The project is a joint venture between Japan and Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, with additional support from the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute (HIP), France.

The project has already been approved by the permanent committee of the Ministry of Antiquities and has obtained all necessary permissions from concerned authorities.

“Scan Pyramids” will also examine the tomb of Tutankhamun, to explore a theory that the burial chamber of Nefertiti lies within the complex.

Thermal scanning of Egypt's Great Pyramid

Thermal scanning of Egypt’s Great Pyramid

The construction of Tutankhamen’s tomb was not completed when the young Pharaoh unexpectedly died at the age of 19, thus the tomb of Nefertiti who had died 10 years earlier, was partially adopted for Tutankhamen’s royal burial, British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves stated in a news conference held at the Egyptian State Information Service (SIS) in late September.

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