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Lost Egyptian pyramids found by Google Earth

A Google Earth satellite imagery survey may have found two pyramid complexes in Egypt.
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Egyptians ride their camels past the pyramid of Khafre in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, on November 30, 2010. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)

A Google Earth satellite imagery survey may have found two pyramid complexes in Egypt, Discovery News reported.

The sites, which are located about 90 miles apart, contain unusual groupings of mounds with intriguing features and orientation, satellite archaeology research Angela Micol said to the Archaelogy News Network.

One site is located in Upper Egypt, just 12 miles from the city of Abu Sidhum on the Nile, and features four mounds with a larger triangular shaped plateau. The site complex is arranged in a very clear formation, and extends approximately 620 feet, three times the size of the Great Pyramid.  

The second site is 90 miles north, and close to the Fayoum Oasis.

“It has a distinct square center which is very unusual for a mound of this size and it almost seems pyramidal when seen from above,” Micol said. She has been has been conducting satellite archaeological research for over a decade, using Google Earth as her primary tool.  Now archaelogists will visit the site to conduct what they call "ground truthing." 

According to Micol, both sites have been verified as undiscovered by Egyptologist and pyramid expert Nabil Selim who said that these structures have never previously been identified.  One of the sites, he says, is similar in size to 13th Dynasty Egyprian pyramids.  

Google Earth has helped Micol document a number of potential archaeological sites, including a potential underwater city off the Yucatan Peninsula.

Elsewhere in Egypt, archaeologists who were digging up an ancient palace in Egypt have uncovered a stash of 16 severed human hands. The bones, which date back around 3,600 years, were all once right hands.  

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/lost-egyptian-pyramids-found-google-earth

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