UNIT: Egypt pyramids scan finds mystery heat spots

Upper-Intermediate. Gerund Upper-Intermediate, Substantivates, noun + noun. История/Культура


preliminary - предварительный a breakthrough - прорыв
to indicate - указывать, показывать, означать a stain - пятно
an anomaly - аномалия a signature - показатель
antiquities - древности irregularity - беспорядочность
groundbreaking - новаторский to shroud - окутывать

For the first time ever, scanning technology has been used on pyramids and the results are quite surprising. The  preliminary  results of the Scan Pyramids project  indicate  an  anomaly  in the 4,500-year-old Great Pyramid of Khufu that could uncover the secrets of other ancient Egyptian structures.

The project is a collaboration between the Egyptian Ministry of  Antiquities,  Cairo University and the AHIP Institute, and aims to map millennia-old pyramids in Giza as well as discover hidden chambers and secret passageways.

Experts say the discovery paves the way for more  groundbreaking  research in ancient Egyptian studies and if they succeed in finding out what the reason of this anomaly is, it is going to be a great breakthrough in the world science.

I think, this will be the start for new science, new research for all Egyptologists, especially those Egyptologists who’re interested in the ancient Egyptian  architecture. I love this work being done and I dream about seeing the result.

Through infrared thermography and non-invasive cosmic rays, the two-week research found three hot  stains  on the eastern side of the Khufu pyramid. The heat radiating from the stone indicates an anomaly, although the reason behind the thermal differences remains unknown.

If you have the same material in a structure, you are expecting to have the same orientation, more or less, you are expecting to have the same thermal  signature, so the fact that you have an important temperature difference between just one block and the other right next to it it has to mean something because it is not normal.”

These irregularities continue to  shroud  these iconic monuments in mystery, but with the project continuing, there is a hope that more insights into pyramids, and indeed history, will be made.

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