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Pyramids Hidden in Satellite Images

Apart from the two larger and smaller mounds, the expedition team believes the site features a tem...

Apart from the two larger and smaller mounds, the expedition team believes the site features a temple or habitation and a row of what may be mastaba tombs adjacent to the mounds. They are shown in the red rectangle thanks to a false color imaging technique developed by Micol.

Pyramids Hidden in Satellite Images
Are these formations in the Egyptian desert long lost pyramids? Or are they just naturally occurring pyramidal rock outcrops? The structures were spotted last year by amateur satellite archaeologist Angela Micol. She used Google Earth 5,000 miles away in North Carolina.


Located about 90 miles apart, the two possible pyramid complexes appeared on aerial imagery as an unusual groupings of mounds with intriguing orientations. One site near the Fayum oasis revealed a four-sided, truncated mound approximately 150 feet wide and three smaller mounds in a diagonal alignment (left). The other site, just 12 miles from the city of Abu Sidhum along the Nile, featured two large and two small mounds (right).
Pyramids Hidden in Satellite Images
First reported by Discovery News, Micol’s claim gained widespread media attention and much criticism. Authoritative geologists and geo-archaeologists dismissed what Micol called “Google Earth anomalies” as windswept natural rock formations -- buttes quite common in the Egyptian desert.

Pyramids Hidden in Satellite Images
 While the site in the Fayum has not been investigated yet, a preliminary on-the-ground expedition has already occurred at the site near Abu Sidhum.

According to Micol, it provided intriguing data to compare with El-Kady and Farouk’s maps and documents.
Pyramids Hidden in Satellite Images
Suspecting the mounds were ancient in origin, locals tried to dig into one of the two smaller mounds.

Pyramids Hidden in Satellite Images
The excavation failed due to striking very hard stone that Aly and Micol believe may be granite.

Pyramids Hidden in Satellite Images
Aly Soliman believes the big mounds are hiding pyramids as the metal detector used over them signaled metal and showed an underground tunnel heading north.


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