Cosmic rays lead to pyramid discovery


Scientists have reportedly discovered a giant void inside the famous structure which may reveal a hidden chamber.

To this day, the Egyptian pyramids remain a marvel of engineering with archaeologists still racking their brains to figure out how the ancient Egyptians were able to carry out such an endeavur. Experts are still divided over how they were constructed, so even relatively minor discoveries generate great interest. "The romantic interpretation and what everyone wants to hear is that this is a hidden room and the king's body is inside or there's grave goods we didn't know about or we're going to learn more about history. and none of that is responsible speculation at the moment", he told NPR.

"We don't know if the void is made by one structure or several successive structures". They settled on a type of imaging that involves muons, which are tiny particles, like electrons.

The chamber connects the burial site of the queen to that of the king and therefore it is possible that the chamber was used as a passageway between the two rooms.

The Verge laid out a succinct, easy to understand, and extremely radical-sounding explanation of muons: "Muons are produced when the cosmic rays that permeate our Universe and pummel our atmosphere break down - creating a kind of subatomic confetti that rains down on Earth at nearly the speed of light".

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This makes them a "really fabulous treat from nature", according to particle physicist Roy Schwitters who uses the technology to study the Mayan pyramids of Belize.

The scattering of the muons was recorded on an extremely sensitive photographic medium known as nuclear emulsion film, which had been positioned in the Queen's chamber, inside the pyramid. The results were then analysed three times.

"In order to construct the Grand Gallery, you had to have a hollow, or a big void in order to access it - you can not build it without such a space", he said. Now we are sure that there is a void.

"This is a premier", said Mehdi Tayoubi, a co-founder of the ScanPyramids project and president of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute.

He's interested in whether small robots might somehow enter this space through tiny cracks or holes and provide more information. "I hope that, in collaboration with the Egyptian antiquities authorities, further exploration will be set in motion". Egyptologists banned the use of destructive methods to study the pyramids. "So any new contribution is always a welcome addition to our knowledge".