High-tech Scans to Search Pyramids for Hidden Chambers

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October 26, 2015

A group of scientists and architects from four countries have begun another search for hidden chambers inside four of Egypt's most well-known pyramids.

Two pyramids at Giza and the two Dahshur pyramids south of Cairo will be the target for modern infrared scanning and advanced detection techniques. The group, from Canada, Egypt, France, and Japan, will put a particular focus on the search for hidden chambers.

As well, the architects and scientists hope to shed some more light on a definitive method of building the pyramids. Archaeologists and historians through the years have produced much evidence to produce a few theories as to how the pyramids were built, but agreement within the entire Egyptology community has yet to be reached.

The two Dahshur pyramids were built by Snefru, who ruled 2575-2465 B.C. His son, Khufu, built the Great Pyramid at Giza. Khufu's son, Khafre, built the other pyramid being scanned.

Egypt's Minister of Antiquities, Mamduh al-Damati, said that the project would run through at least the end of 2016.

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