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Planning a trip to Egypt? You might be in for a pleasant surprise.
Did you know that if you visit Egypt in the near future, you may have another 17 pyramids to add to your must-see list? Infra-red images from a new satellite survey have identified seventeen lost pyramids, plus buildings and the patterns of streets and houses in the buried ancient city of Tanis, reports the BBC.
This exciting find is an archaeologist’s dream, but Indy fans will have to admit that Indiana Jones can’t compete with the pioneering work in space archaeology from the Nasa-sponsored laboratory in Birmingham, Alabama. More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements are set to keep archaeologists busy for quite some time.
And this may just be the beginning, with experts claiming there are thousands of additional sites the Nile has covered over with silt, which will be revealed by infra-red imaging. It also shows ‘how easy it is to underestimate both the size and scale of past human settlements,’ says archaeologist Dr Parcak.
Two new finds are at Saqqara, an older but less known pyramid site than Giza which may become one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt. The Egyptian authorities are also planning to use this technology to help protect the country's antiquities in the future, after looting at some well-known archaeological sites during the recent revolution.