Google Earth shows unknown pyramids

16th Aug 2012

Archaeologists using satellite images have reportedly unearthed new pyramid sites in Egypt.

The images thought to show pyramids were discovered after a decade-long research project using Google Earth.

Angela Micol, an archaeologist from North Carolina, announced the new discovery online and now her research will be examined by professional Egyptologists.

The claims are likely to attract the attention of those who have fallen under the spell of ancient Egypt on previous holidays and could be enough to inspire them to arrange further trips.

The first site is only a few miles from the Nile city of Abu Sidhum, while the second is near the Fayoum Oasis - about 90 miles further north.

The first site includes a triangular plateau that spans 620ft - three times as wide as the Great Pyramid.

"Upon closer examination of the formation, this mound appears to have a very flat top and a curiously symmetrical triangular shape that has been heavily eroded with time," Ms Micol told Sky News.

There are also a number of mounds at the site, one of which spans 250ft while the remaining ones have a width of 100ft.

Analysis of satellite images shows the second mound spans 150ft and is made up of four sides.

"It has a distinct square centre, which is very unusual for a mound of this size and it almost seems pyramidal when seen from above," said Ms Micol.

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