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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Short Story: After 4,600 Years, We Can Finally See Deep Inside Egypt's Mysterious Pyramids
may have wondered what the inside of a pyramid looks like. Not the cavities and
passages you see on "The Mummy" — the actual structure of the
creation, how it was built to last all these years.
pyramids of ancient Egypt are about 4,500 years old. They have stood the test
of time, great monuments on the landscape. Dusty gold and majestic.
we can learn a little more about them thanks to cosmic rays. Archaeologists
have begun to use new technology to better refine our understanding of
pyramids' internal makeup.
new Scans Pyramids project uses cosmic rays to build "inside" maps of
the Egyptian attractions. The images show the internal crooked chamber of a
4,600-year-old pyramid known as the Bent Pyramid. It's a 345-foot monument 25
miles south of Cairo.
ancient times, the pointed building was known as the Southern Shining Pyramid.
It is believed to be one of Egypt's earliest designs. It looks odd, probably
built in a time of transition, when engineering moved from stepped pyramids to
cosmic rays used to unlock the secrets of the structure might be compared to
X-rays. Scientists are using muon particles, which come from cosmic rays, to
penetrate deep into stone.
these, researchers can gauge how thick the stonework is and build up a map of
the internal organs of a building. It took 40 days of exposure to the particles
to garner enough information. Now there are images that capture the scale of
the craftsmanship involved.
this is just the beginning. There are plenty more pyramids to look at.