How awesome is this? Archaeologist discovers buried pyramids by using space technology

Posted on May 24, 2011

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Yes boys and girls, science is fun!

I’d say this is NASA money well spent:

Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt.

More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings.

Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings including of two suspected pyramids.

“To excavate a pyramid is the dream of every archaeologist,” says Dr Sarah Parcak.

She has pioneered the work in space archaeology from a Nasa-sponsored laboratory in Birmingham, Alabama and says she was amazed at how much she and her team have found.

“We were very intensely doing this research for over a year. I could see the data as it was emerging, but for me the “A-Ha” 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.”

The team analysed images from satellites orbiting 700km above the earth, equipped with cameras so powerful they can pin-point objects less than 1m in diameter on the earth’s surface.

Infra-red imaging was used to highlight different materials under the surface.

Ancient Egyptians built their houses and structures out of mud brick, which is much denser than the soil that surrounds it, so the shapes of houses, temples and tombs can be seen.

The BBC is airing a documentary about Dr. Parcak’s findings on May 30th including an on-site dig of one the sites she found by satellite. 

Isn’t technology grand? Maybe next, they can scan my backyard and find out where my dog buried my keys.   Just kidding  😉

Posted in: Egypt, History