Lost Egyptian Pyramids Discovered Thanks To Space Age Technology

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Lost Egyptian Pyramids Discovered Thanks To Space Age Technology

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Move over, Indiana Jones. There's a new type of crazy archaeology in town.

There's a lot of cool stuff going on up in space these days. Over the past few months, it's been revealed that NASA wants to add inflatable expansions to the International Space Station, lasers are (hopefully) going to be used to vaporize space trash, DARPA is investigating long-term space travel, and - oh, yeah - at least one astronaut likes to give neato zero-g flute performances. Now, on top of all this other stuff, it turns out that satellites in orbit are being used to find underground pyramids, tombs, and cities.

It turns out that satellite imagery using infrared technology has been used to detect seventeen lost pyramids, as well as "more than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements". Since the images were created and studied, initial excavations have begun and confirmed the existence of some of the buildings, including two pyramids (one of which is highlighted in the photo here).

This is the culmination of a project led by Dr. Sarah Parcak, an Egyptologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Speaking to the BBC, Parcak was understandably overjoyed about the discoveries:

"We were very intensely doing this research for over a year. I could see the data as it was emerging, but for me the 'Aha!' moment was when I could step back and look at everything that we'd found and I couldn't believe we could locate so many sites all over Egypt.

"To excavate a pyramid is the dream of every archaeologist," she said.

It turns out that Egyptian authorities plan to use the technology in the future, especially around the Nile River, where thousands of years of silt have covered settlements that were lost and forgotten about long ago.

Parcak's project, and her subsequent journey to validate the infrared images' findings, is documented in the upcoming BBC documentary Egypt's Lost Cities, which will air this coming Monday, May 30th. Now that we're using satellites to discover lost archaeological sites, how much do you want to bet we're going to find a Stargate buried in the sands?

Source: BBC

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You need to reword the title. Replace the word "with" with the word "using". That is all.

So noted.

I read the title and immediately though "stargate?"

That's interesting. I wonder what else they can find using those satellites? I'm sure there is more buried treasure then a few pyramids around.

EDIT: I see you have edited the title at least twice now... funny how confusing English can be (especially to Sci-fi nerds).

vansau:
So noted.

This is better, but somehow I can still only read it as being something about ancient Egyptians using space age technology... difficult wording I suppose

Ooh yay. This is exactly what we kinda ran out of awhile back. Now we just need to solve the oil problem :>

"It turns out that satellite imagery using infrared technology has been used to detect seventeen lost pyramids, as well as "more than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements"."

Holy moly, that's literally four tons of amazing finds!
Now locate Shan Ghri La and Atlantis, chop chop!

That's really damn cool. Too bad I have no idea what I'm looking at in that picture though.

Just hope we don't find the Ark buried somewhere in Africa. Humanity isn't exactly ready for plasma weapon wars yet..

Alien VS Predator much?

*Puts on tin-foil hat*

Kenjitsuka:
"It turns out that satellite imagery using infrared technology has been used to detect seventeen lost pyramids, as well as "more than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements"."

Holy moly, that's literally four tons of amazing finds!
Now locate Shan Ghri La and Atlantis, chop chop!

we know where atlantis is . at least the most plausible lost city/island to scale up with what atlantis should be was lost in a caldera in I believe it was greece or turkey

Now if only we could find the Sphinx's nose.

This is a really cool article. Next stop the lost city of Atlantis!

Interesting to see how a mere quasi-square feature in the image is pointed out as an obvious pyramid, and some much more obvious pyramids and "the face" in pictures of Mars are always "image artifacts" or "tricks of light and shadow". Great article, though.

NO! Anything having to do with ancient Egypt can't end well.
Best case scenario we all end up playing a terrible card game, worst case scenario it kills us all.
There's a reason this stuff was buried.

Souplex:
NO! Anything having to do with ancient Egypt can't end well.
Best case scenario we all end up playing a terrible card game, worst case scenario it kills us all.
There's a reason this stuff was buried.

I lol'd.

So...taking bets on the stargate, do I hear a dollar? 2! 2 dollars?

now this is fascinating, (uber nerd when it comes to mythology and ancient culture), i wonder what will be found there...

i dont suppose you can put up another article when you find more information? i love this stuff.

Souplex:
NO! Anything having to do with ancient Egypt can't end well.
Best case scenario we all end up playing a terrible card game, worst case scenario it kills us all.
There's a reason this stuff was buried.

i think you watch too much TV friend.

HankMan:
Now if only we could find the Sphinx's nose.

That was blasted away by Napoleon's troops who were calibrating the sight of a cannon.

Holy crapzors, Egypt was HUGE back in its hayday.

now go looking for atlantis hey it wouldnt be the first time we realised a city was real that we thought was fictional dont get your hopes up though heh.

Would've been better if they discovered space age pyramids with ancient technology.

OT: It's nice to see two very different disciplines working together so smoothly. =)

Twilight_guy:
I read the title and immediately though "stargate?"

That's interesting. I wonder what else they can find using those satellites? I'm sure there is more buried treasure then a few pyramids around.

Damn you ninja! You beat me to it! D:

Alright, let's get started on getting a dailing computer build people! Now we just need to find Atlantis and hopefully a old ship deep in space. :D

OT: Jeez, science is just getting crazy these days with what it can do.

I'd really like to contribute something meaningful, but I'm going to have to suffice to say, that this really excites me.

Yay science!

Hurrah for space technology!

Should we really uncover a stargate? We don't have SG-1 to kick G'ould ass.

OT: That is really nice. And it is all thanks to SCIENCE!

Great. Now they can find the keys I lost when I went skiing.

Archaeology is great and all, but I have to wonder if this technology might also be useful for mapping out faultlines better and getting a bigger picture to better predict them. I seem to recall a couple of significant earthquakes occured recently that came from faultlines that nobody knew about.
Or sinkholes.

Ossian:
Holy crapzors, Egypt was HUGE back in its hayday.

Dunno why, but this was totally the winning comment of the day for me.

flaviok79:

HankMan:
Now if only we could find the Sphinx's nose.

That was blasted away by Napoleon's troops who were calibrating the sight of a cannon.

No it wasn't. The nose had been missing for centuries when the french arrived.

PhunkyPhazon:
That's really damn cool. Too bad I have no idea what I'm looking at in that picture though.

Kinda looks like a guy with a really big boner riding an invisible bike.

Oh god.

it's...

Damn there was that many lost pyramids and tombs in egypt?

Shame for archaelogists, the job prospects just got a lot narrower with this kinda tech.

Oh no! The Go'ald are gonna be pissed that we have found their Earth Base! Whatever Shall We Do?

AsthmaticPsycho:

vansau:
So noted.

This is better, but somehow I can still only read it as being something about ancient Egyptians using space age technology... difficult wording I suppose

Too much Stargate, buddy. :)

Alien vs Predator anyone?

Ohh ohhh, do this for the Bosnian pyramids too!

OT: I guess this takes off a lot of effort required to actually find something hidden. When can we expect Atlantis?

Frankster:
Damn there was that many lost pyramids and tombs in egypt?

Shame for archaelogists, the job prospects just got a lot narrower with this kinda tech.

Actually, the jobs widened. Locating things like this manually is a tiresome job (and very expensive at that). With this, there's no more fear of digging in the wrong place; we find the thing with the satellite and archaeologists get to work. Simply finding something is merely 1% percent of all work done in archaeology. There's tons of stuff to be done now that we know there are so many areas to be explored, dug up, documented, presented, etc.

Maraveno:

Kenjitsuka:
"It turns out that satellite imagery using infrared technology has been used to detect seventeen lost pyramids, as well as "more than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements"."

Holy moly, that's literally four tons of amazing finds!
Now locate Shan Ghri La and Atlantis, chop chop!

we know where atlantis is . at least the most plausible lost city/island to scale up with what atlantis should be was lost in a caldera in I believe it was greece or turkey

Yes, it's Santorini in Greece. And we don't "know" anything, it's only a theory (and not a really good one, if I may say).

I'm really glad this method for discovering possible archaeological sites was implemented. It's a great thing to do, doesn't devastate the area and it's almost 100% correct in locating a site, so no need for funding failed projects and wasting time. /archaeology student that just got back from digging

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