Robot Explores Pyramid

The Great Pyramid of Giza contains narrow passageways and chambers that have never been explored. A small robot was sent into an 8-inch wide chute in 1993 and 2002, but both expeditions ran into something impassable. Now a new robot called Djedi with the ability to take pictures around corners is making headway and sending back pictures of previously unseen hieroglyphs and architecture.
The winning robot, designed by Leeds University, has indeed gone further than anyone has ever been before in the pyramid.

The project began with the exploration of the southern shaft, which ends at the so called "Gantenbrink’s door."

The robot was able to climb inside the walls of the shaft while carrying a "micro snake" camera that can see around corners.

Unlike previous expeditions, in which camera images were only taken looking straight ahead, the bendy camera was small enough to fit through a small hole in a stone "door," giving researchers a clear view into the chamber beyond. It was at that time that the camera sent back images of 4,500-year-old markings.

"There are many unanswered questions that these images raise," Richardson told Discovery News. "Why is there writing in this space? What does the writing say? There appears to be a masonry cutting mark next to the figures: why was it not cut along this line?" Roberston wondered.

Read more about the Djedi project at Discovery News. Link -via the Presurfer

(Image credit: Djedi Team)

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Pretty sure the writing translate to "Insert Tab A into Slot G". Eventually it is going to dawn on Egypt to sue IKEA for stealing their pictograph method of instructing assembly of flat items into various large objects.
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Well it's not like anyone knows the Great Hymn to the Aten anymore. Whatever archaeologists uncover about ancient civilization will just be regarded as "neat" and with very little seriousness put aside to ogle at later.

How manifold it is, what thou hast made!
They are hidden from the face (of man).
O sole god, like whom there is no other!
Thou didst create the world according to thy desire,
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