Thermal Scans Of Egypt’s Great Pyramid Reveal ‘Impressive’ Anomaly
Thermal scans of the Great Pyramid of Giza have revealed an “impressive” anomaly in the rock — a change in temperature that could indicate something behind the 4,500-year-old walls.
“This anomaly is really quite impressive and it’s just in front of us, at the ground level,” said Mehdi Tayoubi, founder of the Paris-based Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute that is conducting the Scan Pyramids experiments using a mix of infrared thermography, muon radiography and 3D reconstruction.
The anomaly is located on the eastern side of the pyramid, also known as the pyramid of Khufu, as can be seen in this image provided by the organization:
The scans were conducted at different times of the day and night; temperatures were measured as the stones grew warmer and cooled off. While the temperature differences between most adjacent stones typically varied by between 0.1 degrees and 0.5 degrees, this one particular segment had a 6-degree variation, as can be seen in the thermal scans:
“We have several hypothesis but no conclusion for the moment,” said Tayoubi.
Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said he also had several hypotheses, but wanted to do more research before revealing them.
“It could be void spaces, fissures or passages,” he told Ahram Online. “So far, I do not know.”
El-Damaty told The Associated Press that closer inspection of the site found what appeared to be “a small passage in the ground” on the eastern side leading up to the area with the temperature change.
Egyptologist Beth Ann Judas said it makes sense that the anomaly is on the eastern side of the pyramid as that was in many ways the “focal point” of the pyramid, with several major temples and tombs located —> Read More