Archaeologist discovers pyramids using Google Earth
Two lost Egyptian pyramids have once again been discovered thanks to the Internet, and specifically to Google Earth.
The Google Earth program allows people all over the globe to take a look at many parts of the globe, from major points of interest to their own personal street addresses. The discovery was made by an American archaeologist who spent the past decade scouring the sands using Google Earth.
Angela Micol of North Carolina reportedly used Google Earth to find a pair of areas in the desert along the Nile basin that are home to some unusual formations – including a triangular shape that leads her to believe a pyramid might exist there.
If so, one of the two pyramids could be the largest ever discovered, coming in at three times the size of Giza’s Great Pyramid. Now that the sites have been found and mapped, Micol plans to visit them to make sure they are really pyramids.
“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,” Micol said, according to Discovery News.
“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.”
According to GoogleEarthAnomalies.com, an Egyptologist verified that the sites were previously undiscovered.
Image credit: Angela Micol / Google Earth.