ENIGMATIC: The Bent Pyramid in Dahshur. A team of international researchers have descended on one of the country’s oldest pyramids in a bid to settle the question. By collecting particles known as muons that rain down from the edge of space, they hope they discover how the structure was built. Mystery surrounds how the impressive tombs were constructed, with no one theory confirmed – and some even say aliens helped create them.
The particles pass through empty spaces but can be absorbed or deflected by harder surfaces.
Scientists put plates to collect data about them inside the Bent Pyramid last month.
Now the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute hopes that studying the particles will reveal the truth about how the imposing structures came to be.
Hany Helal, the institute’s vice president, said: “For the construction of the pyramids, there is no single theory that is 100% proven or checked. They are all theories and hypotheses.
“What we are trying to do with the new technology, we would like to either confirm or change or upgrade or modify the hypotheses that we have on how the pyramids were constructed.”
The structure in Dahsur, near Cairo, has sides with bent slopes and is thought to be Egypt’s first attempt at building a smooth-sided pyramid. Coupling thermal technology with muons analysis, the institute’s Scan Pyramids project hopes to discover how the tombs were built. And it has already made some headway, announcing in November that there are thermal anomalies in the 4,500-year-old Khufu Pyramid in Giza.
“Even if we find one square metre void somewhere, it will bring new questions and hypotheses and maybe it will help solve the definitive questions,” he said.
In November, UFO fanatics said they had spotted a face carved into the side of a Martian pyramid photographed by NASA’s Mars Rover.