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silver_wolf
25-05-11, 16:35
The ancient Egyptian city swallowed by the sands has been found (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-13522957) using infra-red satellites :D
Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-13522957#) of Egypt.
More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings.
Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings, including two suspected pyramids.
The work has been pioneered at the University of Alabama at (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-13522957#) Birmingham by US Egyptologist Dr Sarah Parcak.
http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/52945000/jpg/_52945733_satellite-image-of-pyramid_highlight.jpg An infra-red satellite image shows a buried pyramid, located in the centre of the highlight box.
She says she was amazed at how much she and her team has found.
"We were very intensely doing this research for over a year. I could see the data as it was emerging, but for me the "Aha!" moment was when I could step back and look at everything that we'd found and I couldn't believe we could locate so many sites all over Egypt.
"To excavate a pyramid is the dream of every archaeologist," she said.
The team analysed images from satellites orbiting 700km above the earth, equipped with cameras so powerful they can pin-point objects less than 1m in diameter on the earth's surface.
Infra-red imaging was used to highlight different materials under the surface.
Test excavations Ancient Egyptians built their houses and structures out of mud brick, which is much denser than the soil that surrounds it, so the shapes of houses, temples and tombs can be seen.
"It just shows us how easy it is to underestimate both the size and scale of past human settlements," says Dr Parcak.
And she believes there are more antiquities to be discovered:
"These are just the sites [close to] the surface. There are many thousands of additional sites that the Nile has covered over with silt. This is just the beginning of this kind of work."
BBC cameras followed Dr Parcak on her "nervous" journey when she travelled to Egypt to see if excavations could back up what her technology could see under the surface.
In the BBC documentary Egypt's Lost Cities (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b011pwms), they visit an area of Saqqara (Sakkara) where the authorities were not initially interested in her findings.
But after being told by Dr Parcak that she had seen two potential pyramids, they made test excavations, and they now believe it is one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt.
http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/52955000/jpg/_52955733_satellite_image_closer_640.jpgClick to play





An infra-red satellite image reveals the city of Tanis

But Dr Parcak said the most exciting moment was visiting the excavations at Tanis.
"They'd excavated a 3,000-year-old house that the satellite imagery had shown and the outline of the structure matched the satellite imagery almost perfectly. That was real validation of the technology."
The Egyptian authorities plan to use the technology to help - among other things - protect the country's antiquities in the future.
During the recent revolution, looters accessed some well-known archaeological sites.
Indiana Jones is old school, we've moved on from Indy, sorry Harrison Ford ”
Dr Sarah Parcak Space Archaeologist
"We can tell from the imagery a tomb was looted from a particular period of time and we can alert Interpol to watch out for antiquities from that time that may be offered for sale."
She also hopes the new technology will help engage young people in science and will be a major help for archaeologists around the world.
"It allows us to be more focused and selective in the work we do. Faced with a massive site, you don't know where to start.
"It's an important tool to focus where we're excavating. It gives us a much bigger perspective on archaeological sites. We have to think bigger and that's what the satellites allow us to do."
"Indiana Jones is old school, we've moved on from Indy, sorry Harrison Ford."
Egypt's Lost Cities (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b011pwms) is on BBC One on Monday 30 May at 2030 BST.


Hmph. Moved on from Indy indeed:mad: We just need to find the Well of Souls and we'll be on our way.

Spong
25-05-11, 16:56
They spelt it wrong. It's "Tinnos" :pi:

silver_wolf
25-05-11, 17:06
...

BrandonFlowers
25-05-11, 17:21
Thank goodness, I lost my wallet the last time I visited and couldn't
find the darn city :pi:

trfanX34
25-05-11, 17:22
lol :vlol:

peeves
25-05-11, 17:27
I thought Tinnos was an Antarctican city. :confused:

Dark Lugia 2
25-05-11, 17:29
Woah thats one big city! :eek: So what, how are thy gonna unearth this thing? :p

silver_wolf
25-05-11, 17:32
Very slowly :pi:

ultima espio
25-05-11, 18:13
They wanna hurry up and find Atlantis :pi:

The Great Chi
25-05-11, 22:39
Its amazing whats hidden under thousands of years of shifting sands ;)

IceColdLaraCroft
25-05-11, 22:45
In a way the sands have protected Egyptian antiquities. Time and again. I think this new method is amazing and it's about time someone put it to use. i read this on the BBC's iphone app this morning (my power was out) and thought of TRF. :D

Also kinda looks like the map from Kazahkstan :vlol: "the facility wouldn't be visible from above"

!Lara Croft!
25-05-11, 22:57
They wanna hurry up and find Atlantis :pi:

Atlantis isnt real. It was created as a metaphor in one of Plato's poems to reference the advancement and destruction of man...

...however people seem to take it literally.

spyrostr
25-05-11, 23:47
Atlantis isnt real. It was created as a metaphor in one of Plato's poems to reference the advancement and destruction of man...

...however people seem to take it literally.

:tmb:

IceColdLaraCroft
25-05-11, 23:51
Atlantis isnt real. It was created as a metaphor in one of Plato's poems to reference the advancement and destruction of man...

...however people seem to take it literally.

I thought they found it in Spain?

larafan25
25-05-11, 23:53
I thought they found it in Spain?

Yes, you did.

Are you having a memory problem?D:

leglion
25-05-11, 23:57
I thought they found it in Spain?

They also found it in cuba and japan... :pi:

KC Mraz
26-05-11, 00:01
the authorities were not initially interested in her findings, but after being told by Dr Parcak that she had seen two potential pyramids, they made test excavations, and they now believe it is one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt.

They didn't want to bother, but then they remembered they could make some money out of it.

IceColdLaraCroft
26-05-11, 00:06
They also found it in cuba and japan... :pi:

No like recently.

The eight concentric rings of the city even

!Lara Croft!
26-05-11, 00:46
Some other lost city. Atlantis was fictional, created by the mind of Plato.

Thats not to say something like atlantis doesnt exist, undoubtibly there are ruins of lost civilasations adorning the globe. Just the city of 'Atlantis' doesnt.

lara c. fan
26-05-11, 01:36
He must have been inspired by something, though. :p

The Great Chi
26-05-11, 10:45
In a way the sands have protected Egyptian antiquities. Time and again. I think this new method is amazing They used a similar tecnology from NASA images of Earth to dicover an 'ancient bridge link' between India and Sri Lanka, when the levels of the oceans were lower, before the ice age (or in mythology and religion 'the great flood').

It is thought that the bridge consisted of an existing chain of shoal Islands with causeway bridge links beween them, spanning the gap between countries.

Here is one of many links on the internet, about this.....
http://krishna.org/nasa-images-discover-ancient-bridge-between-india-and-sri-lanka/

Zelda master
26-05-11, 12:51
I personally would have Rather seen it not being found... They will now research it which is great, but after that they will open it up for tourists that will destroy by writing on the walls, throw junk on the ground and you can guess thes rest...
I really hate it, last time I went to Egypt inside the pyramids it was full of junk and writing from people, donīt they idiots have any respect for that more then 3000 years old:(

jajay119
26-05-11, 13:07
Sorry to go off topic and a bit spamish, but did anyone else read the title of this thread as 'The lost city of Tinos found'? Or am I just crazy :tea:

silver_wolf
26-05-11, 15:35
Atlantis isnt real. It was created as a metaphor in one of Plato's poems to reference the advancement and destruction of man...

...however people seem to take it literally.
Hmph. Says you :pi:
He must have been inspired by something, though. :p
He was, by an Egyptian story he came across while studying there.

Spong
26-05-11, 18:10
...did anyone else read the title of this thread as 'The lost city of Tinos found'? Or am I just crazy :tea:

They spelt it wrong. It's "Tinnos" :pi:

No :whi:

The Great Chi
27-05-11, 00:43
I really hate it, last time I went to Egypt inside the pyramids it was full of junk and writing from people, donīt they idiots have any respect for that more then 3000 years old:(Unfortunately, you find graffiti everywhere.

Its even inside the very top of the Great pyramid with the words 'Khufu was here' written on the wall, and from that very ancient graffiti scrawl the egyptoligists with their great intellect amazenly said, hey guys it must have been Khufu that thought up the whole massive pyramid and got it built.

Good job the graffitti did not say ' Mickey Mouse was here', or they would have thought Disney was the builder :vlol:

Nausinous
27-05-11, 08:15
Not so lost now :vlol:

cezy rockeru
27-05-11, 11:48
^
LOL. :p

The Great Chi
27-05-11, 16:28
The problem with these finds it that it will take decades to uncover, assuming they get the funding.

For instance Pompeii and Herculanium which were buried in vocanic ash, took that amount of time to uncover, and they are still discovering more on these sites.

I can understand an Archeologysts point to take it very slow, so as not to destroy any of that history, but it is so so slow from a tourists point of view.