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article imageOldest Pyramid in Egypt undergoes Laser Scanning

By Vinay Chand     Jun 22, 2008 in World
The Djoser Step Pyramid, the oldest pyramid in the world, is undergoing laser scanning for the first time, to be able to create its virtual three dimensional model.
The Djoser Step Pyramid was built during the reign of King Djoser and is probably the earliest recorded pyramid to be built in Egypt.
In a bid to create a three-dimensional virtual model of the pyramid, scientists have employed the Zoser Scanner to record data at the exceedingly fast rate of 40,000 points per second using infrared signals to gather coordinates and elevations of thousands of points on the monument. (ANI)
The scanner has been mounted on the backs of three climbers as they descend the pyramid's huge four steps and simultaneously scan it from all sides.
This would probably make a detailed map of the Step Pyramid which in turn would help archeologists, restorers and architects better preserve and restore the pyramid. Additionally, it would help understand better the various stages in construction employed when it was first built.
The survey is being conducted in collaboration with a Japanese mission headed by Kosuke Sato of Osaka University and an American mission led by Mark Lehner, director of Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA). (ANI)
It would take an approximate four weeks to complete scanning the entire pyramid structure.
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