17 Lost Egyptian Pyramids Discovered With Satellite Technologies
Seventeen Egyptian pyramids lost in the earth, can now be found using the latest satellite.
the new satellite could also reveal more than 1,000 ancient tombs and
3,000 settlements by using infrared rays that can penetrate buildings
Further excavation is now underway on a number of findings including the two alleged pyramid building.
Pyramid of Saqqara, an estimated older than the Giza. (Courtesy: AFP)
"Digging a pyramid is a dream for all archaeologists," said Dr. Sarah Parcak.
was a pioneer archaeological using space technology from a Nasa lab in
Birmingham, Alabama, and said it was surprised at this discovery.
An infrared satellite image shows a buried pyramid, located at the center of the box shine.
system works through a satellite orbiting 700km above the Earth,
equipped with a powerful camera that can take pictures of objects with a
diameter of less than 1 meter above ground.
Infrared photography is used to distinguish the material below the soil surface.
of the ancient Egyptians built their homes with structures made of mud
brick, which is more dense than surrounding soil, so the form of houses,
temples and tombs can be seen.
"This shows how easy it is to underestimate both the size and scale of ancient human settlements," said Dr. Parcak. And he sure will see more of the other findings in this technology.
The buried pyramid visible from satellites. An infra-red satellite image shows a buried pyramid, located in the center of the highlight box
"This is a site that is close to the surface. There are thousands more are covered by the silt of the Nile. Pekerjaam this new beginning. "
the documentary Egypt's Lost Cities, the BBC went with the team of Dr.
Parcak visit Saqqara area where local authorities were not initially
interested in his invention.
after Dr. Parcak explained that she discovered the existence of
pyramids in the area, they then perform test excavations, and now they
believe that it is one of the most important archaeological sites of
But Dr Parcak said "The most exciting event was when visiting the excavations at Tanis."
"They dug a 3,000-year-old house that has a form identical to that described by satellite infrared. It is a validation of the technology. "
Infrared image (right) shows a pattern of streets and houses in the ancient city of Tanis
Now, the Egyptian authorities are planning to use technology to protect the antiquities in the future. Because this time the thieves targeted a number of famous archaeological sites.
could use an image that was stolen from the funeral of a specific time
period and we can ask Interpol to oversee the antiquities of that period
that may be offered on the illegal market."
Parcak also expects the new technology could encourage young people to
be more interested in science and provide a tool for archaeologists in
"It makes us become more focused and selective in the work we do. Because when dealing with large sites, you do not know where to begin. "
"This is an important tool to focus on the excavation site. This gives us a greater perspective on archaeological sites. We must think bigger and was aided by satellite. "(Bbc.co.uk)
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