By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Cities
Using Google Earth, an amateur archaeologist believes she has discovered a mysterious ancient site.
The photo on the left shows a mysterious site located 12 miles from the Egyptian city of Abu Sidhum. Believed to be a previously undiscovered pyramid complex, it features a formation with four mounds with a larger, triangular-shaped plateau.
Just ninety miles away is a second possible pyramid complex comprised of three mounds, with the largest one appearing in the form of a distinct, four-sided, truncated, "pyramidal" shape. The dimensions of the mounds are sizable, ranging from around 600 feet in width to 100 feet.
Using the powerful imaging capabilities of Google Earth, amateur archaeologist Angela Micol of Maiden, North Carolina discovered the sites during her ongoing 10-year quest to find the remains of ancient worlds. Nabil Selim, an Egyptologist and pyramid expert, believes the sites are an entirely new finding and, upon close examination, even observed that the smaller 100 foot “mounds”, at one of the proposed complex sites, are a similar size as the 13th Dynasty Egyptian pyramids, according to Micol's web site GoogleEarthAnomalies.com.
But don't get too excited. Skeptics who've seen the photos don't sound nearly as convinced, as evidenced by their reactions.
“There is a slight chance that one or two could be pyramids, but it doesn’t look like it to me,” Egyptologist Bob Brier, a senior research fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, told NBCNews.com.
“It seems that Angela Micol is one of the so-called ‘pyridiots’ who see pyramids everywhere. Her Dimai and Abu Sidhum ‘pyramids’ are examples of natural rock formations that might be mistaken for archaeological features provided one is unburdened by any knowledge of archaeology or geology," James Harrell, a researcher at the University of Toledo, told LifesLittleMysteries.com. "In other words, her pyramids are just wishful thinking by an ignorant observer with an overactive imagination.”
Despite the harsh criticism, the armchair investigator continues to stand behind her claims. Last year, archaeologists used NASA satellites equipped with infrared scanners to unearth as many as 17 lost pyramids in Egypt and she hopes the same technology can be used to help verify her claims.
“The images speak for themselves. It’s very obvious what the sites may contain but field research is needed to verify they are, in fact, pyramids and evidence should be gathered to determine their origins," Micol said. "It is my hunch there is much more to these sites and with the use of Infrared imagery, we can see the extent of the proposed complexes in greater detail.”
In the meantime, Micol plans to start a non-profit to promote satellite archaeology and is also raising funds for a documentary that will include many of the undiscovered sites that have been identified using Google Earth.
So what do you think? Major find or mirage?
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"Will the real archaeologist please stand up" My question to the "real" archaeologists is why have you not used google earth to aid in new discoveries? If you have, why have you not come up with a few Hypothesizes like Angela Micol just did. At least this deserves more on the ground or infrared study to eliminate the usual "face on the Moon" knee jerk reaction like we get from so called Professionals.
I seem to remember SAR will look under sand - that's how they found Ur. Should work here - sand is sand, and they can see a fair distance under the surface. Hope the political situation on Egypt calms down to the point these sites can be examined properly.
"James Harrell, a researcher at the University of Toledo, told LifesLittleMysteries.com. âIn other words, her pyramids are just wishful thinking by an ignorant observer with an overactive imagination.â A pretty hard assessment I would think. Particularly if there IS further examination, as mentioned prior, and ANY of these "formations" are found to actually be something of significance. That guy would be eating crow and should have his "expert credentials" yanked.
I have to drive further if I want to go fishing at Lake Mead from Las Vegas (16 Miles)! So somebody hop in their Toyota Land Cruiser or Jeep and slide out that way to give up the real answer instead of calling some lady names and belittling her findings. Who knows you might accidentally find some new stuff to get Sidi Hawass excited over. ;)
Shucks, since it is easily shown that Atlantis is almost precisely where ti is supposed to be, just off of the coast of Spain, why not? The so called 'experts' have been placing it every where on earth other then where it is / was. What determines what a expert is actually, other than by their own definition ??? I remember when it was proven by the experts that we couldn't exceed the speed of sound, and that man couldn't live in space, yet ?? Don Jose de La Mancha
90 miles away, it's a bit of a trek by jeep, but easily doable in a day. But 12 miles away?! What's the hold up?
The first paragraph refers to the right hand picture as the picture on the left! As for the rectangular object shown, I don't know how anyone could possibly think that it was a natural formation. Whether or not it might be the ruins of an actual pyramid shaped structure, it clearly has the look of being man-made. I suspect that to any professionals, any amatuer that makes a discovery is a "pyridiot".
and see what's actually there. A mysterious site located 12 miles from the Egyptian city of Abu Sidhum, and another only 90 miles away. Why the delay? Just go! It's not as if you have to go to the moon to find out.
They don't permit you from taking a drive and having a picnic in nature??? Most extreme 4x4s have a jack, a shovel, and an axe. All you need to do is go out there and do a little looking around... I think the laws don't allow for a real archeological dig without permission.
I remember, some time ago, when so called "science based medicine" declared that travelling faster than 35km/hr will raise your pulse so much that it will cause instant death. That "scientific fact" was stated well before such enormous speeds had even been achieved.
According to Micol's web site: "Many of the documented areas will remain undisclosed until proper officials are notified and the sites can be protected."