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 will soon begin analyzing cosmic particles collected inside Egypt's Bent Pyramid. The team will 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. They are known as muons. They 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.  He is the institute's vice president.
 
"We would like to confirm or change or upgrade or modify the hypotheses that we have on how the pyramids were constructed," he said.
 
The Bent Pyramid is in Dahshur.  That is just outside Cairo.  The Bent Pyramid 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 announced in November thermal anomalies in the 4,500-year-old Khufu Pyramid in Giza.  The project 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.  It 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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  • billiem-1-bar
    1/26/2016 - 08:09 p.m.

    Scientists are interested in old particles because they can lead to new discoveries and help us learn about our past.This article was kinda interesting because it says that it MIGHT lead to new discoveries... They don't know for sure.

  • katherinec-3-bar
    1/27/2016 - 06:29 p.m.

    By studying the arrangement of the particles scientists are able to discover more about the construction of the pyramids built in Egypt. It states in paragraph 2,"the particlespass through empty space but can be absorbed or deflected by harder surfaces." I found this interesting that even a little particle can uncover the secrets of the building of the pyramids.

  • carlosp-6-bar
    1/28/2016 - 11:07 p.m.

    Scientists are interested in old particles because they would give them new evidence and hypothesis which would help them understand more about the pyramids and ancient Egypt as it states in the last paragraph ""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." This shows that if they get particles that it would change there direction in there studies. And if they find particles they could study more about the structures of the pyramids.
    I think this is a cool article but it is a little boring because it isn't the thing that I am in too. But it think it is really cool because they can look into particles and understand the past just from those small particles from 100s of years ago.

  • sofiat-4-bar
    1/28/2016 - 11:41 p.m.

    Scientists are interested in old particles because They want to know more about it. "The team will search for clues as to how it was built and learn more about the 4,600-year-old structure." I find it interesting that the Egyptians tried to make a flat sided pyramid when its almost impossible.

  • tiffanyf-1-bar
    1/29/2016 - 01:42 a.m.

    Scientists are interested to learn more about old particles because ,"By studying particle accumulations, scientists may learn more about the construction of the pyramid, built by the Pharaoh Snefru." There is still no theory that is 100 percent proven as to how these magnificent pyramids were built. By observing how the particles pass through empty spaces, scientists will be able to confirm a theory. This article is interesting because it describes using scientific habits to discover more about the history of Egypt.

  • mikelg-jon
    2/01/2016 - 12:11 p.m.

    The article was interesting. there are particles under the pyramid, and that could contain it's secrets.

  • justiny-2-bar
    2/01/2016 - 11:52 p.m.

    Scientists are interested in old particles because they will give an insight as to how the pyramids were created. It will also change the hypotheses on the pyramids and bring up new questions about them. I found it surprising that the Egyptians tried to make a smooth sided pyramid. What interested me was the fact that radiographic particles make their way into the pyramids.

  • quintinj-orv
    2/08/2016 - 03:42 p.m.

    Scientists may have been interested old particles because, old particles can guide you new interesting discoveries.

  • chadm-orv
    2/15/2016 - 11:46 a.m.

    I think that if scientists can learn about how this pyramid is built it will push them to learn how more stuff was built that is still unknown.

  • averyd-ver
    2/18/2016 - 01:09 p.m.

    Scientists are interested in old particles because they have information on how the pyramids were made.

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