Particles may contain clues to Egypt's pyramid A screen displays live footage from a thermal camera ahead of a press conference in front of the Khufu pyramid in Giza, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File/Coralie Carlson)
Particles may contain clues to Egypt's pyramid
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An international team of researchers soon will begin analyzing cosmic particles collected inside Egypt's Bent Pyramid to search for clues as to how it was built and learn more about the 4,600-year-old structure.
 
Mehdi Tayoubi, president of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute, said that plates planted inside the pyramid in January have collected data on radiographic particles known as muons that rain down from the earth's atmosphere.
 
The particles pass through empty spaces but can be absorbed or deflected by harder surfaces. By studying particle accumulations, scientists may learn more about the construction of the pyramid, built by the Pharaoh Snefru.
 
"For the construction of the pyramids, there is no single theory that is 100 percent proven or checked. They are all theories and hypotheses," said Hany Helal, the institute's vice president.
 
"What we are trying to do with the new technology, we would like to either confirm or change or upgrade or modify the hypotheses that we have on how the pyramids were constructed," he said.
 
The Bent Pyramid in Dahshur, just outside Cairo, is distinguished by the bent slope of its sides. It is believed to have been ancient Egypt's first attempt to build a smooth-sided pyramid.
 
The Scan Pyramids project, which announced in November thermal anomalies in the 4,500-year-old Khufu Pyramid in Giza, is coupling thermal technology with muons analysis to try to unlock secrets to the construction of several ancient Egyptian pyramids.
 
Tayoubi said the group plans to start preparations for muons testing in a month in Khufu, the largest of the three Giza pyramids, which is known internationally as Cheops.
 
"Even if we find one square meter void somewhere, it will bring new questions and hypotheses and maybe it will help solve the definitive questions," said Tayoubi.

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  • Eric0221-YYCA
    1/26/2016 - 09:18 p.m.

    The particles that scientists might have been looking for evidence of how that pyramids might have been made by the Egyptians that are creating a tomb for the pharaoh that had died in Egypt. The scientists might have wanted to look for evidences of what the Egyptians had used to be building their pyramid so that they would be able to make a tomb for their pharaoh that died. The particles might have able to tell of what was going on in Egypt by looking at the DNAs that the particles had contained that the scientists might be able to see what had happened during the Egyptians time.
    Critical Thinking Question: Why are scientists interested in old particles?
    Answer: Because scientists are able to be find other things that the old particles might be able to tell to the scientists after they had identified the old particles.

  • paytonh-mea
    1/29/2016 - 01:22 p.m.

    They want to know how it was constructed. They placed plates inside of the pyramids and the radio collected mouns which travel in empty space.

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