Mysterious Heat Spots Detected in the Egyptian Pyramids

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 4:28PM
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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 4:28PM
Mysterious Heat Spots Detected in the Egyptian Pyramids
The Giza Pyramids, one of which is counted among the Seven Wonders of the World, have been the subject of fascination in the Western imagination for centuries. Now, interest in the architectural marvels is even higher, as a team of scientists and architects have discovered strange heat spots within the Pyramids.

While searching for hidden chambers within the pyramids, the team of researchers monitored the pyramids with infrared thermal cameras during sunrise and sunset, in order to gauge the reaction of the limestone structures as they were heated and cooled by the position of the sun. The thermal cameras detected "thermal anomalies" in three adjacent stones at the bottom of the Pyramid of Khufu, also known as the Great Pyramid, the oldest and largest pyramid of Giza.

In a statement, Egyptian antiquities officials "concluded the existence of several thermal anomalies that were observed on all monuments during the heating-up or the cooling-down phases."


(The bizarre heat spots as seen through thermal scanners)

The anomalies could have a myriad of explanations, including cracks in the stones or the presence of materials behind the rocks that conduct heat, but it's also a possibility that the unusual thermal activity is, in fact, the result of voids from secret chambers in the pyramids.

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"To explain such anomalies, a lot of hypotheses and possibilities could be drawn up: presence of voids behind the surface, internal air currents," Egyptian antiquities officials said.
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It's too early for scientists to come to any conclusions about the nature or origin of these heat spots, but they will likely find out soon. The Operation Scan Pyramids project, which began on October 25, is expected to continue until the end of next year, during which time the researchers will attempt to solve many mysteries about these amazing structures.

Via BBC News.
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