This discovery is still too new for any serious theories to have developed about it, but in case you haven’t noticed a) I like writing about Ancient Egypt and archaeology and b) unexplained thermal anomalies in Egyptian archaeological sites is kind of a recurring theme around here lately, so I figured I’d flag this latest one, involving the Giza pyramids:
A team of architects and scientists from Egypt, France, Canada and Japan used infrared thermography to survey the pyramids during sunrise, as the sun heats the limestone structures from the outside, as well as at sunset when they cool down.
In a statement, the Egyptian antiquities ministry said the experts had “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 hypotheses and possibilities could be drawn up: presence of voids behind the surface, internal air currents,” it added.
These anomalies could be something as simple as a difference in building materials, but they could also indicate previously undiscovered chambers within the structures. The Pyramid of Khufu, the biggest of the three Giza pyramids, appears to contain the most significant anomaly, but there were anomalies found on all three of them.
Now, I’m not saying archaeologists should expect to find storage rooms filled with huge stacks of hermetically-preserved wheat behind those anomalies, but…
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