Infrared photographs taken from a satellite group of American scientists helped discover 17 previously unknown Egyptian pyramids, reports the BBC.
Technology from space infrared shootingIt is notable in that it allows us to identify objects hidden under the ground. As a result of this photograph in Egypt from outer space, scientists were able to find more than a thousand tombs and three thousand ancient settlements.
Archaeologists have already started work on the site of "finds space" and, according to preliminary data, we have confirmed the discovery of two previously unknown pyramids.
US experts examined the pictures takensatellite from 700 km altitude. The cameras are used at the same time, they are so powerful that they can identify objects on the ground less than a meter in diameter.
The fact is that the ancient Egyptians built theirhouses and other buildings of adobe brick, which is much higher density than that of conventional soil. Therefore, in the pictures you can recognize the shape of houses, temples and tombs.
According to researchers, scientists expect manyother discoveries. "This is only the objects located near the surface of the earth. But there are many thousands of others, who raised his Nile silt. Our work is just beginning, "- said study author Sarah Parkak from the University of Birmingham, Alabama.
The archaeologist has conducted excavations in one of the areas inEgyptian village of Saqqara, the necropolis where the Egyptian Old Kingdom capital. Initially, the Egyptian authorities are extremely skeptical about the research Parkak. But when the archaeologist told that she might have been able to discover two new pyramids, the Egyptians began the excavations and now consider them to be extremely promising.
However, according to the American archaeologist, mostexciting was the beginning of work in the city of Tanis. "They have dug built three thousand years ago, the house, which was visible on satellite images, - he says. - And pictures almost perfectly coincided with its outlines. It was a real proof of the effectiveness of the technology. "