Lost Egyptian Pyramids Found Using Google Earth

By Amir Khan on August 13, 2012 9:58 AM EDT

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The pyramid site near Abu Sidhum (Photo: Angela Micol)

Researchers surveying Google Earth stumbled upon what appears to be two hidden Egyptian pyramids located only 90 miles apart. Researchers became intrigued by an unusual grouping of mounds and after further scrutiny, and said they appear to be two lost pyramids. They are mounting a ground expedition to confirm their findings.

One pyramid site, located 12 miles outside of the city of Abu Sidhum, along the Nile River, and features four mounds with a triangular plateau .Two of the mounds are approximately 100 feet wide, and the two others are approximately 250 wide. Researchers said the complex is laid out in a very clear formation that extends 620 feet total -- three times larger than the Great Pyramid.

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"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," Angela Micol, the satellite archaeology researcher who made the discovery, said, according to Discovery News.

Approximately 90 miles away, Micol discovered a second lost pyramid that has a four-sided mound with a weathered-top, 150 feet wide.

"It has a distinct square center which is very unusual for a mound of this size and it almost seems pyramidal when seen from above," Micol said. "The color of the mounds is dark and similar to the material composition of Dimai's walls which are made of mudbrick and stone."

Dimai is an ancient city near where the second set of pyramids was found. Founded between 309 and 246 B.C., it was built on top of an earlier settlement and is surrounded by a 32-foot high mudbrick wall.

Researchers are planning a ground expedition to verify that the discovery is, in fact, pyramids, but said they are confident that the expedition will confirm their suspicions.

"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," Micol said.

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