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NASA satellites uncover lost pyaramids

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posted on Sep, 19 2016 @ 06:26 PM
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By examining infrared images taken by NASA satellites orbiting 400 miles above the Earth, space archaeologists have identified 17 pyramids buried deep under the ancient Egyptian city of Tanis, Egypt. Tanis, abandoned centuries ago, is famous as the fictional home of the Lost Ark from the Indiana Jones movies. Satellite images also showed other lost structures, upwards of 3,000 settlements, and 1,000 lost tombs, buried for thousands of years.

"What these satellites do is they record light radiation that's reflected off the surface of the Earth in different parts of the light spectrum," Said Sarah Parcak scientist, professor, Egyptologist, anthropologist, and the 2016 winner of the $1 million TED prize. "We use false color imaging to try to tease out these very subtle differences on the ground

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Although the reporter is very enthused, the archaeologists are NOT saying "17 pyramids" but rather 17 "hits" that have the same characteristics as the known pyramids in the area. The archeologists are sure there's at least 2 (they did test digs coordinated with Egyptian teams) but are not willing to commit to more.

Tanis is a New Kingdom city; a city founded sometime between the reigns of Hatshepsut and Ramesses II (actually, a bit wider range than that... I was just naming two of the most popular pharaohs people might know.) These pyramids would have been for nobles rather than the kings (the kings were being buried in the Valley of the Kings, far to the south near modern Luxor) and would have been made of mud brick. This is why they didn't last as long as the stone pyramids.

They will have underground chambers; hopefully sarcophagi and coffins and (maybe) even tom decorations with part of the Book of the Dead or Book of Caverns on them. It will be years before they can arrange digs, though - the number of people doing this is fairly small and the government isn't going to give permission to dig to just anyone. However, they're not giving locations because they don't want looters - an ever-present problem in modern Egypt.

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posted on Sep, 19 2016 @ 06:55 PM
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No wonder they used similar technology on the moon, mars and who knows where else. Great thread Byrd !
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posted on Sep, 19 2016 @ 07:18 PM
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Amazing. Ive mention LIDAR in the news the last couple years. Its laser guided radar...and can "see" through the jungle canopies below the rainforests to pyramids, cities and monuments we have never known was there...nor would ever have found out about without LIDAR.

They have found hundreds and hundreds of previously unknown structures already in Central and South America alone.

I hope I live long enough to see what fantastic, historical unknown facts come to light from NASA and the LIDAR systems as well! We may finally get the answers to the alien issue, and humanity's beginnings and origins.
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posted on Sep, 19 2016 @ 07:48 PM
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"space archaeologists" - talk about a job title!

I wonder why they're buried so deep. Older, perhaps?



posted on Sep, 19 2016 @ 08:12 PM
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originally posted by: lordcomac
"space archaeologists" - talk about a job title!

I wonder why they're buried so deep. Older, perhaps?

They're in the Nile Delta, so dust, dust storms, collapse, and silt from Nile floods.



posted on Sep, 19 2016 @ 08:26 PM
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connected? the turmoil over their has hampered digs and such, but they hopefully resume next year.

do you have any thoughts on taposiris magna? a foxy columbian believes its cleopatra's resting place, c4 have a documentary about it.



posted on Sep, 20 2016 @ 10:19 AM
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Hadn't really read on Taposiris Magna, and we haven't gotten to the Ptolemaic times in our classes (we just finished the New Kingdom and probably won't get to the Ptolemys until our fourth year (so ask me in 2018).) It seems a plausible place for her burial, and Wikipedia says "The site of their mausoleum is uncertain, though the Egyptian Antiquities Service believes that it is in or near the temple of Taposiris Magna, southwest of Alexandria."



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