The Pyramids of Giza

This will be a shorter post than usual. I promise to go into more detail about the geekiness of Egypt in the future.

Image from Wikipedia.
All Giza Pyramids – Image from Wikipedia.

These three structures are old, and the Great Pyramid is the last remaining Ancient Wonder of the World. They are named for Egyptian Kings: Khufu, named for the second king of the 4th dynasty (2,575-2,465 BC), is the Great Pyramid. It is the northernmost pyramid, and the oldest. Khafre is the middle pyramid, named for the fourth king of the 4th dynasty, and is the only pyramid to still have the original limestone at the top of the pyramid. The last, and smallest, is called Menkaure, and is named for the fifth king of the 4th dynasty.

One of the most researched topics is how the ancient Egyptians built these pyramids. Levers, sloping sands, aliens? We know that they have accomplished a pretty amazing feat of architecture, no matter how it was done!

And now we’re learning even more about the pyramids than ever before. A team of researchers from Egypt, France, Canada (woo!), and Japan are scanning the three pyramids (and others, including the pyramid of Tutankhamun) with infrared thermal cameras, radiography, and 3D reconstruction. They are registering the temperature difference as the sun rises and sets, and from this data, they are building a picture of what the pyramids look inside. This project started on October 25, 2015.

They are already finding new information about them! The eastern side of Khufu, at ground level, has a large anomaly that indicates that there might be a secret room! The scan of Tutankhamun’s pyramid also found a hidden section, which might house Queen Nefertiti’s remains.

This is only the beginning of the research. Who knows what we’ll find by the end of their project, projected to finish at the end of 2016.

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