Mounds of sand spotted in the Egyptian desert using Google Earth could be the site of long lost pyramids. In 2012 American researcher Angela Micol announced that new and undiscovered pyramids were in the Egyptian desert. She claimed that through using Google earth she found these pyramids. http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/more-pyramids-uncovered-by-google-earth-search/story-e6frfq80-1226449900356
Her findings were met with much criticism by scholars who dismissed the images as nothing more than anomalies and wind formed sand formations. Since then American archaeologists have used satellite imagery to discover 17 buried pyramids in Egypt as well as a thousand tombs and 3000 buildings from the time of the Pharaohs. http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/american-archaeologists-discover-17-buried-pyramids-in-egypt/story-e6frfq80-1226063109487
I wonder if these scholars are still critical? This is the stuff of adventure reporting and one in which journalists like to romanticize it in the press. Egypt’s tourism is at an all time low with its political climate so these discoveries along with the media could be just what the country needs to boost its tourism. We see that Micol’s discovery and the later ones by archaeologists have made headlines. A basic Google search shows the Daily Mail, Fox News and BBC to have covered it.
I was astounded when i first read about Michol’s findings in an article from news.com.au . Infact i nearly fell off the chair at my university library. I always thought that the existing pyramids in Egypt were the only ones. Its hard for my mind to comprehend how such large structures including now cities and tombs can be hidden underneath the sands for so many centuries undiscovered.
Then again Egypt is a land of severe sand storms that have covered up many of its treasures. According to some archaeologists there is still over 80% of undiscovered finds. In 1914 a whole expedition of 48 British explorers vanished in a sand storm in the desert never to be found.
Google Earth and satellite imagery in general are powerful technologies initially used by governments and military to locate enemy structures and assist with spying. Now they are available to many people like archaeologists as well as reporters who make use of them for their stories. I believe these technologies will aid archaeological discoveries in this decade.