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Lost Egyptian pyramids found in satellite search

Rob Crilly

Published 26/05/2011 | 05:00

SEVENTEEN lost pyramids and more than 1,000 tombs have been found in a new satellite survey of Egypt. Scientists at the University of Alabama also found 3,000 ancient settlements using a new technique of infra-red imaging.

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The results have been confirmed by archaeologists who have located two of the pyramids found from space.

"I could see the data as it was emerging, but for me the 'aha' moment was when I could step back and look at everything," Dr Sarah Parcak said.

The team analysed images from satellites equipped with cameras so powerful they could pinpoint objects less than a yard in diameter. Dr Parcak believes many more buildings are to be found -- even under the Nile.

"These are just the sites close to the surface. There are many thousands of additional sites that the Nile has covered with silt," she said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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