Modern Technology Leads To Stunning Archaeological Discoveries In Egypt

By Meera Dolasia on June 2, 2011

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In the past, archeological artifacts have been discovered either through big digs based on earlier finds or accidentally - during a road or building construction project. Now, some scientists are using cutting edge technology to take out the guess work from the process - And, what has been able to discover so far, can only be described as amazing.

In mid-May, a team of archeologists led by University of Alabama Egyptologist Sarah Parcack, revealed that they had been able to discern 17 new pyramids, 1,000 new tombs, and, over 3,000 buildings just below the sand in the Egyptian desert. The breakthrough came after more than a year of careful examination of existing satellite imagery of Egypt's Nile Delta obtained from NASA and commercial satellites.

Ms. Parcack said that her team was able to spot these hidden treasures thanks to the fact that the ancient Egyptian buildings were made mostly from mud bricks, which are denser than the soil surrounding them. This difference in density structure was clearly visible in the hi-resolution infrared satellite images that had been taken from a distance of 435 miles, above the surface of the earth.

Some experts were at first a little skeptical about Ms. Parcack's claims. However, the team did a test dig based on an image found near the modern day San El Hagar in the Nile Delta and unearthed a 3,000 year-old house that was once part of the ancient city of Tanis. Ms. Parcack believes that this find is just the tip of the iceberg and that there are many more hidden civilizations, waiting to be discovered.

And, that's not the only exciting discovery made this month. Last week, a robot was able to accomplish something archeologists have been trying for centuries - Snake its way into the labyrinthine tunnels inside the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Ever since the pyramid was discovered, scientists have wondered about the purpose of the two eight-inch square shafts that lead from the Queen's Chamber to the pyramid's large stone doors.

To try solve the mystery, a team of engineers collaborated with the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and designed a robot that was small and flexible enough to sneak inside the tiny area and take picture from all corners. The images remitted back revealed mysterious red wall markings that had been hidden from the human eye for over 4,500 years. Researchers are not sure what the markings mean, but they have been spotted at other ancient sites in Giza too and deciphering them may be the key to unlocking the mysteries that lie behind the shafts of one of the original Seven Wonders of the World.

We wonder what other hidden treasures will be revealed as archeologists increasingly turn to cutting edge technology as an exploration tool.

Resources: dailyinda.com, blogs.discovermagazine.com, cbc.ca.com

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  • lotser1/30/2014
    yeah ikr me love it
    • jhonjacob1/13/2014
      cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllll
      • coolcheerfull
        cool i was reading about thhee ancient egyptions a couple of days ago they said about hieroglyths and they couldnt understand them.
        • ever green2/4/2013
          not bad
          • damongirl146
            damongirl1461/11/2013
            that is gnarly!!!!!!! Im a egypt FANATIC!!!
            • blah blah1461/11/2013
              wow awsome!!!!!!
              • emerson green1/11/2013
                cool
                • brian car1/11/2013
                  they are huge
                  • Madison- Green1/11/2013
                    That's amazing! I wonder if she'll ever find anything else?
                  • Abby Green1/11/2013
                    I wonder if they are going to find a huge village all around the house that they just found

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