Thermal imaging reveals hot spots in Egypt's pyramids

Share this on social media:

A project to scan the pyramids in Egypt with thermal imaging has revealed thermal anomalies in Khufu’s Pyramid, also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Higher temperatures were detected in stones at the base of the Great Pyramid, which, officials said, could be due to the presence of voids behind the stones or internal air currents.

The Operation Scan Pyramids project, which began on 25 October, is being run by a team of scientists from Egypt, France, Canada and Japan. The pyramids are surveyed with thermal cameras at sunrise and sunset to monitor the limestone blocks as they heat up and cool down.

A statement from the Egyptian antiquities ministry read: ‘The teams have concluded the existence of several thermal anomalies that were observed on all monuments during the heating up or the cooling down phases.

‘To explain such anomalies a lot of hypothesis and possibilities could be drawn up: presence of voids behind the surface, internal air currents.’

The Great Pyramid of Giza was built around 2,560 BC as a tomb for the fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu. The thermal anomalies suggest the possibility of a hidden burial chamber in the pyramid.

Operation Scan Pyramids will continue into 2016.

Further information:

Egypt’s Ministry of State for Antiquities

Recent News

29 July 2020

The Perseverance rover contains 19 cameras, including seven scientific instruments. It will analyse the climate and geology of Mars, looking for signs of past life, as well as monitoring the Martian atmosphere

02 July 2020

Norwegian seafood firm, Lerøy, has installed hyperspectral cameras on processing lines to sort fish. The system is able to measure the amount of blood in white fish, which gives a grade of quality

09 June 2020

Hyperspectral imaging is being used in a research programme at hospitals in Maryland and New York to investigate the prognostic value of skin findings associated with Covid-19 infection

27 May 2020

The composite picture of The Night Watch, made of 528 exposures stitched together digitally, makes it possible to zoom in on individual brushstrokes and even particles of pigment in the painting