LABYRINTH Project team members from the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG), carried out transient Electro Magnetic (TEM) surveys at the site in spring/summer 2020. Two profiles were surveyed; one to the north of the pyramid and another to the south. The study was conducted to delineate the subsurface water level and to try and identify its source. This information will help with the creation of solutions to tackle the subsurface water and to help to preserve the Hawara pyramid complex.
In parallel, the research team conducted signal and image processing of data captured for the Hawara pyramid and the labyrinth area using infrared images and temperature and humidity data. The aim was to identify the thermal profile of the site and key indicators of any physical and environmental parameters that could be influencing the condition of the pyramid and labyrinth area. This will assist with ongoing conversation efforts of the site. The mudbricks that have been used to build this unique pyramid can be significantly influenced by moisture from the air and from underground water. The information gathered could provide indications of the probabilistic long-term stability of the pyramid. Infrared images could detect near surface anomalies and patterns to provide some indications of what could be laying beneath the surface of the site.