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Scan Pyramids project requests year extension

The archaeological committee formed by Egypt's antiquities minister to follow up on the work of the Scan Pyramids project met on Thursday to hear a report on the results of the project's work over the past year inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Dahshur Bent Pyramid and to request an extension.

Scan Pyramids project requests year extension
The Khufu Pyramid [Credit: WikiCommons]
The Scan Pyramids project started last year; it uses new technologies in an attempt to explore the internal architecture of Egypt's pyramids.

The committee following up on the project is led by former minister of antiquities Zahi Hawass and includes Mark Lehner, the director of Ancient Egypt Research Associates; Merslav Barta, director of the Czech archaeological mission in Saqqara; and Riner Schtudlmen, former director of the German archaeological institute.

At the meeting Hani Helal, the Scan Pyramids coordinator, said that more research is required for the Bent Pyramid but inside the Great Pyramid the mission located two anomalies: one at the upper part of the entrance gate and the second at its north-eastern side.

Scan Pyramids project requests year extension
Muons emulsion plate setup in Khufus lower chamber [Credit: ScanPyramids]
Helal said that during the coming period more research and studies are to be carried out in order to identify the nature and size of these anomalies.

Hawass said that the members of the committee approved in principal the results of the research carried out by the project.

He said that the committee is to prepare a detailed final scientific and archaeological report on the project's progress from its inception to the current time.

The report will be sent to Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany for discussion. Hawass also said that members of the committee approved in principal Scan Pyramids' request to extend the project for another year, on condition that it is approved by the ministry's permanent committee and follows all legal procedures.

Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [October 15, 2016]

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