Egypt unveiled Sunday but an ambitious project which is to pierce the “secrets” of the pyramids , including seeking to discover rooms stolen and finally clear up the mystery surrounding their construction.
Scientists and architects from Egypt, France, Canada and Japan, will use infrared technology and sophisticated sensors to map the pyramids of Khufu and Khafre and two pyramids of Dahshur, south of Cairo.
“They will study these pyramids to see if they contain secret rooms or reveal other secrets “enthused Sunday Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damati, at a press conference in Cairo.
” These engineers and these architects will use a non-destructive technology that will not damage the pyramids “
The” Scan Pyramids “, which is to last until the end of 2016, is a new attempt to clarify the secrecy surrounding the construction of the pyramids.
The mystery remains
Even if several archaeological missions have attempted in the past to unveil construction techniques used to erect these monuments of ancient Egypt, architects and Egyptologists have still not solved the mystery.
High 146 meters, the pyramid of King Cheops, the largest of the three pyramids of Giza considered one of the seven wonders of the world of antiquity, was constructed there is more than 4500 years . “The idea is to find a solution to the mystery of the pyramids,” said Mehdi Tayoubi, French founder of the institute HIP (Inheritance, Innovation Preservation) involved in the project.
“There had been a similar attempt 30 years ago, but today is the first project on an international scale and which uses advanced technology “
Finally Find the mummy of Nefertiti?
The infrared detectors and muon those that will be used could also be useful for probe the tomb of Tutankhamun and check the theory of British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves , which claims that Queen Nefertiti is buried in a secret room. To date, Egyptologists have never discovered the mummy of this queen of legendary beauty, who exercised a fundamental political and religious role in the fourteenth century BC.