Lost Egyptian Pyramids Appear On Google Earth

If only Howard Carter had access to satellite imagery, maybe he would have discovered more than just King Tut's tomb. Fortunately, Google Earth means that anyone can examine the planet for last treasures. Including Angela Micol, a satellite archaeology researcher who thinks she has uncovered previously undiscovered ancient pyramids, hiding in plain sight in Egypt.

Midol, who lives in North Carolina, came across two sites about 150 kilometres apart from each other that bear all the hallmarks of ancient pyramid sites. The first is about 42.6 metres wide with a flat top, indicating that erosion has whittled away at its pointed tip. Three other mounds extend out from it, almost like a tail. If that arrangement sounds familiar, it's much like how the famous pyramids at Giza are arranged.

Consider, too, that the site is two miles east of Dimai, an ancient city that is thought to have been founded by Ptolemy II all the way back around third century BC. And that the constructs appear to be built from mudbrick and stone -- just like the ruins of that city.

The other site, 12 miles from the city Abu Sidhum near the Nile -- where all Egyptian pyramids are located -- has four mounds with triangular tops. Two are bigger and two are smaller, 76.2 feet wide and 30.48 feet wide respectively. From the looks of it, the four buildings have been very deliberately arranged, very similarly to a nearby triangle-shaped plateau.

It's easy to read too much into Google Earth sightings, and people do it all the time. But in this case, egyptologist and pyramid expert Nabil Selim has confirmed that these may well be the real thing. Not even one percent of ancient Egypt has been excavated. And this isn't the first time a little virtual digging has recovered lost treasures in Egypt. Last year, egyptologist and UAB professor Sarah Parcak announced that she found 17 pyramids, 3,100 ancient settlements, and upwards of 1,000 tombs with the aid of infrared satellite images. That's a lot of mummies.

Micol's revelation could be total bunk, but the details suggest that the hobbyist researcher has a wonderful find on her hands. Or rather, her browser. [Google Earth Anomalies via ANN via Engadget]

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    All this time we've been preparing ourselves for the zombie horde, when really it was the mummies we should have been looking for...

      So what are the apocalypse tips for dealing with mummies? Do we just step on their bandages or something?

        Why you run to your daddy of course....

          yeah of course you would HAVE to shoot them down
          with a bb gun

    Dunno who that is in the top photo, but some Clearasil will clear that right up.

    If this is real, I don't understand how these large structures could remain unseen for so long, especially given that one of the sites is ~20km from a city. I know this is "desert country" and therefore that distance from a populated centre might be more significant than 20km where I live...but still, it's kind of unbelievable that in this day when we sort of assume that the whole world has been explored that something so large and significant has never been found before now.

      My guess would be that people know of the area and have visited it, but from ground level it doesn't appear to be noteworthy, just the natural geology of the area. Look at it from the sky, however, and it takes on an entirely different appearance.

      Even if I'd seen these sites from an aeroplane, I probably wouldn't have thought much of them, or even if I had, would have assumed that the relevant academic and scientific communities already knew about them! Hidden in plain view, we sometimes have a tendency to ignore what's right in front of us.

      they're covered in silt.

    And not many people have alot of reason to venture out into these areas.

    The very latest Google Earth imagery shows that the triangular plateau is surrounded by roadways and desert villages, indicating that it is a very well known natural formation where civilization has grown around it. There are even several large man-made holes dug into the top of the plateau as well as in areas around it. I count at least over a hundred man-made shapes as close as a hundred feet away from the plateau itself, so it is definitely no secret. Also... the square, flat-topped pyramid you see with 3 smaller mounds next to it is already being excavated this year by someone with earth moving equipment. There is a massive triangular scar that has been dug across the top and side of the pyramid and near the base there is an extremely large hill of sand dumped at the foot of the structure.

    10 years of study? I really feel sorry for Ms Micol...

    There just isn't the evidence to justify saying they might be pyramids.

    "These Google Earth reports are coming from someone who is neither an Egyptologist, an archaeologist, or a remote sensing specialist, and from an area where there is no earthly reason to have a pyramid — 8 miles to the west of the Nile Valley edge in upper Egypt. ... I get emails constantly from people who have claimed to find features."

    - Sarah Parcak, an archaeologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham whose work with infrared satellite imagery led to the discovery of several lost pyramids in 2011.


    This is just another unwarranted hype story about a Google product. Like the recent Apple asymmetric screw story, this case serves as a reminder that certain tech commentators are too unquestioning and too eager to report anything that mentions their beloved corporation or its products or services.

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