Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, February 09, 2009

With permission from the reader concerned, I wanted to share with you some thoughts I received by email from a reader as they give an interesting perspective on how the excavations relate to the ARTP radar survey, and for those of us less familiar with such things, how to understand radar surveys.


Interesting photos taken by Mr. Hay. In the photos, it would appear that the digging is now going north from the workmans huts. It's almost as if Dr. Hawass is clearing the area so he can start concentrating on the "Features" detected by Nicholas Reeves. Looking back at the location of these features, (Features #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 #7 & #8)the present excavation appears to be right down the center between all of them. By leaving a pathway in front of KV62 & the "Rest Area", He (Dr. Hawass) may have done this so as not to disrupt both the foot traffic and needed tourist money from visitors to the valley. He can now "Tunnel" under these pathways that would serve as a cover for his work and shield the public of his findings.


In the “Brian Yare” photos, posted January 23, 2009, it seems that the area of “KV64-Feature 5” would be under the feet of the people standing in the upper right of the second picture. It would also seem that Mr. Yare may possibly be standing over “KV64-Feature 5” in the last photo, as he was taking a shot of the cave next to KV63. That’s my take on it, what do you think?

And


“Radar is a tricky technology, but well-suited, it seems, to the Valley of the Kings terrain. The radar signal is emitted as a pulse, with the time and the force of the reflection echo measured and appearing on screen as real-time data. It`s important to note that these data are mere patterns and do not represent the actual form or dimension of the object detected. These patterns have to be analyzed as aggregates of arcs, with the display colors varying according to the force and velocity of the various reflection echoes. Different types of underground features nevertheless produce distinctive screen patterns: a pipe, for example, will generate a couple of nested arcs; a ditch a cross-pattern above a couple of nested arcs; and a void or underground chamber - which is the intriguing prospect we seem to have here - a distinctive pattern of radiating arcs: "KV64." Located at some considerable depth, in a part of the Valley which has been out of bounds to most historical excavators, it`s a feature which I guess hasn`t seen the light of day for several millennia.”

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