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Friday, May 27, 2011

New Pyramids Discovered in Egypt!

Egypt is one giant playground for archaeologists--there's so much stuff hidden they'll likely still be digging there when places like Las Vegas and Disneyland are being excavated. (Which would be totally cool, by the way).

Today, ABC News announced a new find of ancient tombs and pyramids--BBC will air a special next week on the find which was discovered by Sarah Parcak with the help of NASA satellite imagery.

By looking at images of the surface in different wavelengths of light, they discovered differences on the ground that reveal the presence of ancient temples, houses and pyramids.

"All of a sudden, these features jump out at you," she said. "It's almost like you've got Superman or Superwoman X-ray vision and you're able to look at the world a little differently."


Pretty nifty! (Now we just need to keep Zahi Hawass away from the find!)

13 comments:

Sari Webb said...

That's so cool! I love Ancient Egypt, but don't know much about it.

Sarah McCabe said...

That is fantastic! I can't wait to hear more about what they find.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Wow, NASA and pyramids in the same story! Very cool. I actually worked with some of the NASA satellite imagery engineers, once upon a time, and it's amazing what a few pixels of radiation detected from space can tell you.

Thanks for sharing!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Wow, I know people worry that satellites are invading our privacy, but the worlds they've opened in space and on Earth are amazing. I can't wait to see what they dig up!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Ha! I see that Susan and I were both wowed at the same moment. :D

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Oh, that's so cool!!!

L.G.Smith said...

Keep Zahi Hawass away from them, hahaha. His hands are on everything in Egypt, aren't they?

Jade said...

That's so awesome! Yay archaeologists!

Perri said...

Interesting! I like to imagine Disney being excavated someday-- and Egypt still full of secrets.

Stephanie, I send an award your way. Come by and pick it up.

Medeia Sharif said...

That's awesome. I tried to find more information about them, but several sites said that footage will be aired later. But I want to see these findings now.

Jemi Fraser said...

That is very cool! The archaeologists of the past would be floored by how this was found! :)

I wonder what future scientists will think when they unearth the roller coasters :)

Mark Noce said...

Sweet! Egypt is so cool because it has so many eras of history atop one another. Just think what we'll find in the years to come as technology improves:)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wow! That is so exciting! I can't wait to hear more about it. :-)