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SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Scanning The Pyramids

Airs Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Scan Pyramids presents results in augmented reality.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Bonne Pioche Télévision

Above: Scan Pyramids presents results in augmented reality.

Following the publication of Nature's article acknowledging the greatest discovery in Egypt’s Khufu pyramid for more than 1,000 years, THIRTEEN’s SECRETS OF THE DEAD “Scanning The Pyramids” will unveil the adventure behind this revelation in a new documentary premiering nationwide Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 on PBS.

Scanning The Pyramids: Preview

For the first time, the Egyptian government has granted unprecedented access to the pyramids at Giza. It is allowing multiple different technological tools to scan, measure and probe the ancient structures in order to create a picture of what exists inside the buildings themselves. Will there be vast ceremonial rooms? Burial sites? Secret chambers? Other mysteries? Find out.

The only one of the seven wonders of the world still standing, the Great Pyramid of Khufu has fascinated people for centuries.

Tracing the origin of the legends of secret chambers hidden in the heart of the pyramid, SECRETS OF THE DEAD will show what lies within, solving a 4,500-year-old mystery, by following the first scientific mission in 30 years to be authorized by the Egyptian government to examine the pyramids of Egypt.

A Peek at the New Discoveries Inside the Great Pyramid of Giza

Scientists use augmented reality technology to see what the newly discovered voids inside the Great Pyramid of Giza might look like.

Passionate about ancient history, the global team of Scan Pyramids consists of particle physicists, experts in innovation and 3D technologies, and engineers in thermal imaging from Egypt, France, Japan, and Canada.

For more than two years, they explored every corner of the pyramid, using non-invasive technologies including infrared cameras, 3D scanners and cosmological particle detectors located inside and outside the monument.

Their search detected unknown cavities in the Great Pyramid of Khufu for the first time since the Middle Ages.

Witness Scan Pyramid’s adventures and successes in this extraordinary scientific and historical journey through time and space that led to this historic discovery.

Muography Helps Scientists See Inside the Great Pyramid

Scientists used an unprecedented imaging technique called muography to create an internal scan of the Great Pyramid of Giza. See how it works. Muography is the process of recording the trajectories of sub-atomic particles known as muons to form images. The process is similar to taking an x-ray but on a much larger scale.

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CREDITS:

A production of Bonne Pioche Télévision in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, CuriosityStream, France Télévisions, HIP Institute, and NHK. Directed by Florence Tran with the collaboration of Pascal Cuissot. Produced by Bonne Pioche. Stephanie Carter is executive producer for SECRETS OF THE DEAD.

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