We all have wondered what the inside of a pyramid looks like. Now, thanks to cosmic rays, we can learn a little more about them. Archaeologists have begun to use new technology to better refine our understanding of pyramids’ internal makeup, reports Business Insider.
The pyramids of ancient Egypt are about 4,500 years old. They have stood the test of time.
The 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.
In 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 smooth.
The 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.
Using 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.
Source: Business Insider