Particles could reveal clues to how Egypt pyramid was built

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CAIRO (AP) — An international team of researchers said Sunday they will soon begin analyzing cosmic particles collected inside Egypt's Bent Pyramid to search for clues as to how it was built and learn more about the 4,600-year-old structure.

Mehdi Tayoubi, president of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute, said that plates planted inside the pyramid last month have collected data on radiographic particles known as muons that rain down from the earth's atmosphere.

The particles pass through empty spaces but can be absorbed or deflected by harder surfaces. By studying particle accumulations, scientists may learn more about the construction of the pyramid, built by the Pharaoh Snefru.

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(GERMANY OUT) Bent Pyramid of Pharaoh Snofru, Dahshur, Egypt (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
EGYPT - SEPTEMBER 30: Pyramid of Sneferu, known as the Bent Pyramid (rhomboidal or double-diamond sloped pyramid), Dahshur Necropolis, Memphis (Unesco World Heritage List, 1979), Egypt. Egyptian civilisation, Old Kingdom, Dynasty IV. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Tuesday March 24, 2009 file photo, The 4,500-year-old Bent Pyramid is seen in Dahshour near Cairo, Egypt. An international heritage research group says scientists will begin analyzing radiographic muons, or cosmic particles, collected from the ancient Bent Pyramid built by the Pharaoh Snefru. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
CORRECTING NAME OF PYRAMID A picture taken on April 19, 2015 shows an aerial view of the bent pyramid of Dahshur, a royal necropolis located in the desert on the west bank of the Nile river, just south of Cairo. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Police on Camel at Bent Pyramid of Pharaoh Snofru, Dahshur, Egypt (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
FILE - This file Aug. 19, 2011 photo shows tourists as they leave the Bent Pyramid at Dahshur, about 25 miles south of Cairo, Egypt. An international heritage research group says scientists will begin analyzing radiographic muons, or cosmic particles, collected from the ancient Bent Pyramid built by the Pharaoh Snefru. (AP Photo/Coralie Carlson, File)
Sneferu's Bent Pyramid, Dahshur, Al Jizah, Egypt (Photo by: Insights/UIG via Getty Images)
EGYPT - SEPTEMBER 30: Pyramid of Sneferu, known as the Bent Pyramid (rhomboidal or double-diamond sloped pyramid), Dahshur Necropolis, Memphis (Unesco World Heritage List, 1979), Egypt. Egyptian civilisation, Old Kingdom, Dynasty IV. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
Sneferu's Bent Pyramid, Dahshur, Al Jizah, Egypt. (Photo by: Insights/UIG via Getty Images)
the ancient Dahshur Pyramid is silhouetted in Dahshur, Egypt, Monday, March 16, 2009. Travellers to Egypt will soon be able to explore the inner chambers of the 4,500-year-old "bent" pyramid, known for its oddly shaped profile, while the inner chambers of the Red pyramid, pictured, also built by 4th dynasty founder Pharaoh Sneferu, are already accessible to visitors.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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"For the construction of the pyramids, there is no single theory that is 100 percent proven or checked; They are all theories and hypotheses," said Hany Helal, the institute's vice president.

"What we are trying to do with the new technology, we would like to either confirm or change or upgrade or modify the hypotheses that we have on how the pyramids were constructed," he said.

The Bent Pyramid in Dahshur, just outside Cairo, is distinguished by the bent slope of its sides. It is believed to have been ancient Egypt's first attempt to build a smooth-sided pyramid.

The Scan Pyramids project, which announced in November thermal anomalies in the 4,500 year-old Khufu Pyramid in Giza, is coupling thermal technology with muons analysis to try to unlock secrets to the construction of several ancient Egyptian pyramids.

Tayoubi said the group plans to start preparations for muons testing in a month in Khufu, the largest of the three Giza pyramids, which is known internationally as Cheops.

"Even if we find one square meter void somewhere, it will bring new questions and hypotheses and maybe it will help solve the definitive questions," said Tayoubi.

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