Images from a satellite perched hundreds of kilometres above Earth have fused modern technology and ancient wonder, leading to discoveries that experts are hailing as some of the great archeological finds in a century.
“Seventeen lost pyramids!” exclaimed Kathlyn Cooney, an assistant professor of Egyptology at the University of California at Los Angeles. “That would be one of the most important discoveries in the last 100 years. That's amazing.”
Cooney was referring to a series of infrared images and high-resolution photographs taken from a satellite suspended 700 kilometres above Egypt, in a project directed by University of Alabama archeologist Sarah Parcak.
What those images have revealed nearly boggles the mind — 17 previously undiscovered pyramids, more than 1,000 antique tombs and at least 3,000 ancient settlements.
All of them are invisible to the human eye, all buried beneath the countless layers of sediment that have been deposited over the millennia by the annual flooding of the Nile River. But they are real — or they certainly seem to be. ...