Muons And Drone-Mounted Lasers Probe For Secret Rooms In Egypt’s Pyramids

Millennia-old mysteries await

It’s no wonder the Great Pyramid of Giza is considered one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.” It’s 4,000 years old and scientists are still wondering how it was built, and what secrets it may be hiding.

To try to solve some of these mysteries, researchers have organized the “ScanPyramids” initiative. Armed with thermal imaging, muon detectors, and drone-mounted laser scanners, the scientists hope to get a good look inside and build 3D models of four pyramids, including the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The search could uncover previously unknown internal structures, and maybe some hidden passages and chambers. One scientist on the team is even hoping that a secret door in Tutankhamen’s tomb might lead the way to Queen Nefertiti’s burial chamber.

The muon detectors will essentially take an x-ray of the pyramids, explains Jennifer Ouellette over at Gizmodo–except muon rays are able to pass through dense objects such as stone. Depending on how many muons are able to pass through the structure, scientists will know how dense different areas are, which is helpful if you’re looking for secret chambers.

Motherboard notes that the project will kick off in November 2016.