The modern technology used in the ongoing Scan Pyramids Project at the Giza Pyramid Complex led to some important discoveries, former Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Hani Hilal said.
Up till now, there is no well-established theory explaining the pyramids were built, Hilal told MENA on the margins of a symposium titled: “Will modern technology unveil the secrets of Pyramids?” on Saturday 27/01/2024.
Now, we are discovering the Pyramids by non-destructive technologies that enable us to see what is inside the pyramid, Hilal added during the event, which took place as part of the 55th edition of the Cairo International Book Fair, which kicked off on Thursday and will last until February 6.
The project pyramid scanning team brings together 70 scientists from various specialties, including physics and rock mechanics, added Hilal, who is leading and coordinating the project, in cooperation with Japan’s Nagoya University, the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission in France (CEA), Laval University of Canada, and the Technical University of Munich, among others.
The Scan Pyramids project, which began in 2015, an international program that uses scans to look at unexplored sections of the ancient structure.
Earlier in March, the project team unveiled a newly discovered, sealed-off chamber inside one of the Great Pyramids at Giza, just outside of Cairo, that dates back some 4,500 years ago.
The corridor, situated on the northern side of the Pyramid of Khufu, was discovered using modern scanning technology. It measures nearly 30 feet in length and is over 6 feet wide, perched above the main entrance of the pyramid.
Archaeologists do not know what the function was of the chamber, which is not accessible from the outside. In 2017, scientists announced the discovery of another sealed-off corridor, a 30-meter chamber — or about 98 feet — also inside the Pyramid of Khufu.
The Pyramid of Khufu — named after a Fourth Dynasty pharaoh who reigned from 2509 to 2483 B.C. — is one of three pyramids that make up the Great Pyramids at Giza complex. The Egyptian pyramids are the only one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World that have survived to this day.