Egyptian and foreign experts yesterday launched a new bid to unravel the “secrets” of the pyramids, including a search for hidden chambers inside four famed pharaonic monuments.
Architects and scientists from Egypt, France, Canada and Japan will use modern infrared technology and advanced detectors to map two pyramids at Giza and the two Dahshur pyramids, south of Cairo.
“This special group will study these pyramids to see whether there are still any hidden chambers or other secrets” inside them, Minister of Antiquities Mamduh al-Damati told a news conference.
“The engineers and architects will conduct the survey using non-destructive technology that will not harm the pyramids,” he said.
Experts said the study, known as “Scan Pyramids,” will also be a fresh attempt to understand how the monuments were built in the first place.
Many previous missions have attempted to unravel the mysteries of the pyramids, but archeologists and scientists have yet to come up with a concrete theory explaining how the structures were built.
Khufu’s pyramid, also known as the Great pyramid of Giza — the tallest of all the pyramids — was built by the son of Snefru, founder of the fourth dynasty (2,575-2,465 BC), while the Khafre’s pyramid or Chephren was built by the son of Khufu.
The two pyramids at Dahshur were built by Snefru.