A new attempt to unveil the mysteries of the pyramids of Egypt was launched by Egyptian and foreign experts on Oct 25. The search will include hidden chambers inside the four landmark monuments to uncover the mysteries of ancient Egypt. Scientists and architects from Egypt, Japan, Canada and France plan to use infrared technology along with cutting-edge detectors to map the two pyramids of Giza and two others at Dahshur.

“This special group will study these pyramids to see whether there are still any hidden chambers or other secrets,” said Mamduh al-Damaty, minister of Antiquities in Egypt, reports CTV News. “These engineers and architects will conduct the survey using non-destructive technology that will not harm the pyramids.”

The study, called “Scan Pyramids,” is a novel attempt at understanding the construction of the monuments. Numerous missions have been undertaken by international historians across decades to decode the mysteries of the great pyramids of Egypt. However, scientists and archaeologists have yet been unable to produce a concrete theory explaining the construction of the mystic structures from ancient Egypt.

The Great Pyramid of Giza – also known as Khufu’s Pyramid, is the tallest of all the structures. It was built by the son of Snefru, founder of the fourth dynasty, while Khafre’s Pyramid was built by the son of Khufu. The Dahshur Pyramids were built by Snefru.

“Trying to solve the mystery of the pyramid is one of the goals, but also capturing all the reality, all the data of all the pyramids and all the place we are going on for preservation is also an important part of this project,” said Mehdi Tayoubi, founder of the Paris-based Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute, a co-participant in the project, reports AFP. “A similar attempt was made 30 years ago, but this is the first project at a global level using cutting-edge technology to look inside the pyramids.”

“Infrared and muon” technologies will be used to scan the pyramids, opening the possibility of finding a hidden chamber in Tutankhamun’s tomb, which may be the burial place of Nefertiti. Nicholas Reeves, renowned British archaeologist, said in a study that the tomb of Nefertiti could be in a secret chamber adjoining Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of Kings at Luxor, southern Egypt, reports AFP.

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