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‘Lost Pyramids’ of Egypt Found Using Google Earth?

Does this Google Earth image show a previously undiscovered ancient Egyptian pyramid complex? Satellite archaeology researcher Angela Micol has found two such complexes in her scans of Google Earth imagery, and has passed them on to Egyptologists for possible verification.

One of the complex sites contains a distinct, four-sided, truncated, pyramidal shape that is approximately 140 feet in width. This site contains three smaller mounds in a very clear formation, similar to the diagonal alignment of the Giza Plateau pyramids.

The second possible site contains four mounds with a larger, triangular-shaped plateau. The two larger mounds at this site are approximately 250 feet in width, with two smaller mounds approximately 100 feet in width. This site complex is arranged in a very clear formation with the large plateau, or butte, nearby in a triangular shape with a width of approximately 600 feet.

The sites have been verified as undiscovered by Egyptologist and pyramid expert Nabil Selim. Nabil’s discoveries include the pyramid called Sinki at Abydos and the Dry Moat surrounding the Step pyramid Complex at Saqqara. Nabil has stated the smaller 100 foot “mounds”, at one of the proposed complex sites, are a similar size as the 13th Dynasty Egyptian pyramids, if a square base can be discovered.

Next Steps

The Egyptian sites have been sent to Egyptologists and researchers for further investigation and “ground truthing”. Angela has stated, “The images speak for themselves. It’s very obvious what the sites may contain but field research is needed to verify they are, in fact, pyramids and evidence should be gathered to determine their origins. It is my hunch there is much more to these sites and with the use of Infrared imagery, we can see the extent of the proposed complexes in greater detail.”

Full story at Archaeology News Network; see also the Google Earth Anomalies website for more imagery.

(via @VinBrown)

Update: Google Earth Tour of Mysterious Locations

  1. Cydonia on Earth
    The late –but always great– Mac Tonnies would have gotten a kick out of this finding, and would have surely pointed out how a similar discovery on the surface of Mars would have been met with derision and skepticism, anything but the serious consideration of a possible artificial origin.

    1. Funny you mention that; the
      Funny you mention that; the “pyramids” on Mars were actually the first thing I thought of when I saw this picture. The similarities are undeniable. Now of course whether those shapes in the picture are actual pyramids is yet to be confirmed, but if they are, then it really makes you wonder about those structures on Mars…

  2. Hoagland & Hoaxland
    All of Richard Hoagland’s birthdays just came at once. 😉

    Even though I’m not convinced by the Cydonia argument, I recommend The Mars Mystery, by Graham Hancock (oddly, Robert Bauval and John Grigsby aren’t credited as co-authors on Amazon). It’s no longer listed in Graham’s biography on his website either, so read into that what you will. Pretty sure I’ve read that he’s distanced himself from it in recent years. Which is understandable, the Face is a farce.

    Anyways, to get this topic away from Mars (seriously RPJ, you should mess your hair up like Giorgio!) and back to Earth, these structures could be anything, natural formations, construction. We won’t know until someone goes there and digs around. I’m sure Zahi Hawass is already in his helicopter dashing towards the site.

    “Walk like a red Martian” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

    1. That Bangles video took me
      That Bangles video took me back to a crowded room full of frat boys many years ago in which I found myself trapped like an outsider Egyptian, but it was really fun to watch those boys heat up when the Bangles “came on.” They were helplessly swept away – guys were pounding on tables and clanging beer cans together in time to the beat. One of those moments. The Bangles are certainly hot which makes me think that the original Egyptian women probably played up the cool style with similar vigor.
      How does this relate to the lost pyramids? Heck if I know.

  3. Satellite archeology falls
    Satellite archeology falls prey to the built in bias that no advanced life ever existed on Mars. Who’s to say? Our species Homo Sapiens Sapiens has only been around about 300,000 years – a blink of the eye. Mars and Earth – much longer… Clearly something catastrophic occurred on Mars and clearly there were oceans/liquid water there for eons.

    As “fun” as Hoagland is to listen to – he caters to our wildest fantasies, he does make extreme often outrageous and plainly erroneous claims. However, not all his claims can be dismissed outright. These satellite photos of Egypt DO look remarkably similar to many taken of Cydonia. It’s easy to mock and harder to remain open-minded.

  4. Lost Pyramids Raided!
    This story is a little funky. The Google Earth Anomaly posting for Site 2 (pictured) is from 2010 and the posting for Site 1 is from 2008!

    Site 2 is within easy walking distance of a road, power lines, irrigated fields, and houses. The well features on the triangular plateau do not seem to appear in archived imagery from 2007, although the resolution isn’t great.

    Worse, Site 1 (the more likely structure) has updated imagery which indicates it has been hit by an earthmover. I am not kidding. A deep shadow line appears on the primary mound itself with a great deal of earth/debris deposited south of the mound.

    Check it out for yourself on Google Earth. The Anomaly postings tell you where these things are. Site 1 is north of Faiyum. Go to the northeast shore of the lake and look for the Dimai/Dimeh site. The pyramid is 1 1/2 miles northwest of the ancient settlement. Site 2 is 12 miles west of Abu Sidhum. Look for irrigated fields (green circles) in the desert. The site is just southwest of them.

    If these are ancient sites, I sincerely hope they haven’t been hopelessly violated. If these sites have been posted on the web for 2 and 4 years, why haven’t they been checked out by authorities?

    1. Authorities
      Some nations have more relics and ruins than they can handle. The weight of their past literally drowns their present.

      And, to be fair, the Egyptians have had a lot on their plate for the last year and a half.

      1. Not blaming the Egyptians
        Ah, but the Site 1 location has been posted since 2008. That’s long before the current problems. The article sounds like this is a brand new discovery. Angela Micol posted the location nearly 4 years ago. It is within walking distance of an existing site and a highway. Why is there no mention in the article of potential damage to the site?

        Site 2 is readily accessible and in an inhabited area. Again, the location is posted with sufficient detail that I could find it with a brief search. The shafts appear in 2010 images, about 2 years after Site 1 was posted. However, archived Google Earth images from 2007 don’t seem to indicate any shafts. Why haven’t archived images been checked? Shouldn’t someone be alarmed?

        This is looking like someone regurgitating old information to gain attention. Disturbingly, the information hasn’t even been updated. If the authorities had been informed, certainly there would have been a response by now. Even if that reply was a brush-off, a trustworthy agent could have been sent instead to take a look and a few pictures. Why post the location for all to see and then feign concern for the archaeological sites?

        Have you checked the images and the dates at the websites? Something is fishy here. The “Lost Pyramids” may be genuine or even may have been explored. This “news” is all being generated from a press release.

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