The last great mystery of the pyramids could be closer to being found thanks to a robot built in Leeds.
They might be ancient graffiti tags left by a worker or symbols of religious significance. A robot has sent back the first images of markings on the wall of a tiny chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt that have not been seen for 4500 years. Read full article: newscientist
Egyptologists believe that if deciphered the markings could unlock the secrets of why tunnels, doors and secret chambers were built within pyramids such as this one.
Mystery markings: A close up view of the red figures on the floor behind the first blocking stone in the tomb
The pyramid is the last of the seven wonders of the ancient world still standing, and is thought to have been built as a tomb for Pharoah Khufu, who ruled in the Fourth Egyptian Dynasty and died in 2566 BC. Read full article: dailymail
Further, another team found new Egyptian Pyramids by infra red satelite images, as well as more than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings.
Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings, including two suspected pyramids.
The work has been pioneered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham by US Egyptologist Dr Sarah Parcak.
The team analysed images from satellites orbiting 700km above the earth, equipped with cameras so powerful they can pin-point objects less than 1m in diameter on the earth’s surface.
Dr Sarah Parcak: “These are just the sites (close to) the surface. There are many thousands of additional sites that the Nile has covered over with silt. This is just the beginning of this kind of work.” Read full article: archaeologydaily att. via bbc