New research reveals undiscovered areas of pyramids in Egypt

by Chris Tippins

Recent testing has shown that there may be unexplored areas of the Great Pyramids of Giza according to the Antiquities Ministry, an organization established to preserve the cultural heritage of Egypt.

One of the major findings was a “small passage in the ground…leading up to the pyramids.” Scientists were also able to discover there were structures in three additional pyramids. giza_cnt_30mar10_iStock_b

The discoveries were announced sometime during the first week of November to the New York Times. A multicultural team of researchers carried out repeated thermal scans over the course of each day.

Different levels of heat were given off inside the pyramids between sunrise and sunset which made repeated scanning an essential factor in taking accurate measurements.

Dr. Robert L. Welsch, a former Medical Anthropologist and current college professor, was excited not only by the discovery, but by the thermal scanning technique used.

According to Welsch this is not the first time this type of discovery has been made, but it is one of the first using thermal scanning. He stressed the importance of using new technology saying, “If you went and graduated ten years ago, you’re already out of date.” He plans to include this imaging technique in his writing about anthropological research methods

The purpose and function of these small passageways is still unknown. However, the understanding is that it may lead to one or more of the tombs, and may have served a purpose in the burial process.

The Pyramid of Khufu is the traditional Egyptian name for the Great Pyramid. Khufu is both the oldest and most massive of the three pyramids in the “Giza complex.” While being the oldest pyramid, it is also the one the remains the most intact to date.

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