You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

breaking news

Wounded FBI agent kills Tanger Outlet shooting suspect

Voids discovered in Great Pyramid; scientists now try to figure out what they are


The Great Pyramid has been a puzzle for scientists for centuries, but new discoveries are leading to new questions about one of the wonders of the classical world.

Scientists, using state-of-the-art technology, have found voids in the massive structure, which was built in 2560 BC, The Telegraph reported.

A group of experts from universities, companies and institutes worldwide comprise "Scan Pyramids" and are using muography, thermography and 3-D simulation to map the pyramid.

Muons are able to penetrate thick rocks like X-rays penetrate the body, Discovery's Seeker website reported earlier this year.

>> Read more trending stories  

The group also scanned the Bent Pyramid, named for the slope of the upper section of the structure, as the first in its year-long project.

Thermography uses infrared to map structures. The different techniques are then combined to render a 3-D reconstruction to study the ancient buildings.

The team has found chevron patterns made of stone that it said were not used as decoration, but possibly to seal voids in structure.

Chevrons were used to cover the king and queen chambers, to either protect a room or keep a roof from collapsing, Scan Pyramid reported

Now researchers are trying to determine why so many chevrons were put in to protect a small area on a descending corridor

Scientists said they performed multiple tests to make sure it was not noise or "statistical fluctuation" and the results suggest that there is a void, or voids, behind the stonework.

The teams confirmed the void on the north face of the pyramid. Now they are trying to find the precise size and shape. 

They are also examining the queen's Cchamber. The results are expected to be released early 2017, The Telegraph reported.

To read more on the discovery and the technology used, click here.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Woman’s reaction to sandals prompts severely swollen feet, ER visits
Woman’s reaction to sandals prompts severely swollen feet, ER visits

An unsuspecting woman was confined to a wheelchair and visited multiple hospitals when her ankles blistered and swelled uncomfortably and alarmingly. >> Read more trending news When Jessica Jones noticed a small, red spot on her ankle in February, she thought it was a spider bite. When she saw a doctor, he told her it was cellulitis, a common...
Kindhearted cops give homeless man makeover
Kindhearted cops give homeless man makeover

A police department’s act of kindness for a New York man who they say has been “down on his luck” is going viral. The Rome Police Department on Tuesday shared photos of the man, whom they identified as Bobby, before and after he was given a haircut, a shave, a shower and new clothing. “Bobby left looking like a whole new person...
Miley Cyrus' brother launches solo career
Miley Cyrus' brother launches solo career

Talent runs deep in the Cyrus family. We’ve known for years that Billy Ray and Miley can sing, act, write songs and, um, twerk. OK, the latter may be just Miley. Now, we’re getting to know two more members of this creative clan. Miley’s little sister (and Billy Ray’s daughter) Noah made her debut earlier this year on the Billboard...
NICU babies get hero capes for Superheroes Day
NICU babies get hero capes for Superheroes Day

They are some of the smallest fighters, but they, and their parents, are heroes in their own right. And to honor the children being taken care of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Allegheny Health network in Pittsburgh, the newborns got their own super hero capes in honor of National Superhero Day. >> Read more trending news The national observation...
Chip Gaines of HGTV's 'Fixer Upper' sued by former business partners
Chip Gaines of HGTV's 'Fixer Upper' sued by former business partners

“Fixer Upper” couple Chip and Joanna Gaines have made a name brand for themselves on their HGTV program in which they renovate old homes and redecorate them. But two old business partners of Chip’s have filed a suit against him alleging fraud. According to documents, Chip Gaines bought out John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark...
More Stories