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Seventeen lost pyramids found in new infra-red satellite survey of Egypt

              Infra-red images have led to the discovery of 17 underground Egyptian pyramids.

More than 1,000 tombs and up to 3,000 ancient settlements were revealed by infra-red images taken of the desert in Egypt.

 Infra-red images have led to the discovery of 17 underground Egyptian pyramids.

The work has been pioneered by US Egyptologist Dr Sarah Parcak from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, US.

She told the BBC she was amazed at the number of buildings and settlements that showed up on the images.

‘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,’ Dr Parcak explained.

The pyramids are thought to have been covered by silt from the Nile and Dr Parcak believes there could be thousands more sites of interest further beneath the desert’s surface.

Two test excavations have been carried out at Saqqara which revealed two lost pyramids, with the area now being described as one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt.

The discovery of the forgotten pyramids is part of a new BBC documentary titled ‘Egypt’s Lost Cities’, which airs on BBC1 on May 30th.

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