The research will allow for more historical comparisons to be made in countries like Libya and Sudan, which have conducted radiocarbon dating techniques on places of archaeological interest in the past.
We are very grateful to them for providing us with the material we were interested in - especially important since the export of samples from Egypt is currently prohibited.It is generally believed that iron was unknown in the Pyramid Age and that the only possible source of iron was from iron-meteorites, which are composed of about 95 iron and 5 nickel . El Gayar of the faculty of Petroleum and Mineral in Suez, Egypt, and Dr. After El Gayar and Jones conducted a series of chemical and microscopic tests on the iron plate, these scientists concluded that: 'the plate was incorporated within the pyramid at the time that structure was built' i.e. The chemical and microscopic analyses of the iron plate also revealed very small traces of gold, suggesting that the plate had perhapsbeen originally gilded.The actual size of the plate was estimated to have been 26 x 26 cm., which is roughly the same size of the shaft's mouth, which in turn suggests that the iron plate possibly had served as some sort of cover or gate to the shaft's mouth. Spencer at the British Museum, but neither seemed to have heard of these relics. Mary Bruck, the biographer of Piazzi Smyth , I traced Piazzi Smyth's personal diary at the Edinburgh Observatory and found his entry on the relics dated 26 November 1872, as well as private letters he had received from John Dixon at the time.For example, it is reported by Abu Szalt, a medieval Arab chronicler from Spain, that when the Caliph Ma'amoun entered the Great Pyramid for the first time in the 9th century and made his way to sarcophagus in the King's Chamber, 'the lid was forced opened, but nothing was discovered excepting some bones completely decayed by time.'.In 1818, when Belzoni entered the Second Pyramid (Khafre), he found some bones inside the sarcophagus which apparently turned out to be from a bull .The Howard-Vyse expedition also found another strange artefact while exploring the outside faces of the Khufu pyramid with explosives: a plate of iron measuring 26 x 8.8 cm. The discovery of the iron plate was not made by Howard-Vyse himself but by an engineer called J. Hill was adamant that the iron plate must be contemporaneous with the construction of the pyramid since he had to blast away two outer tiers of blocks in order to reach it and extract it from a masonry joint near or within the mouth of the southern shaft. Lucas examined the iron plate and, although at first agreed with Mr.