Monday, July 10, 2017

The Pyramids of Giza

There are many pyramids around the world. The most famous are the pyramids of Giza in Egypt (shown above). The pyramids of Menkaure, Khafre and Khufu (from left), erected on the west bank of the Nile were built between 2575-2465 BC for three Egyptian kings.

The pyramid of Khafre is located beside Khufu's "Great Pyramid" at Giza. These pyramids are being scanned by members of the Scan Pyramids project. Using thermal imaging, radiography and 3D reconstruction, the team is gathering data on the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the pyramid of Khafre, and two pyramids built by the pharaoh Snefru at Dahshur. These are called the Red and Bent pyramids.

The first and the largest Giza pyramid was built by the pharaoh Khufu. He reigned from about 2551 to B.C.). His pyramid stands 455 feet (138 meters) tall.
Archaeologists know of the existence of three large chambers within the Great Pyramid. One of these chambers is called the "Queen's Chamber" (although there is no evidence that a queen was buried there). In the 1990s, investigations began on two small shafts that extend out from this chamber and go upward on a shallow slope.

Several robots were sent up these shafts. The robots showed that both shafts lead to doorways with copper handles. When a robot drilled through one of the doors, it revealed a small chamber in front of another sealed door.
Read more here: Lost Pharaoh?

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