In a recent NASA satellite survey of Egypt, archaeologists discovered 17 pyramids that had been buried in the sand, as well as more than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements. Ground level excavations have already confirmed the existence of two of the pyramids. Ancient Egyptian buildings were made of mud brick, which is denser than the sand surrounding them, which allowed the satellites to spot the buried shapes. The scientists think that, using satellites, they may eventually discover an entire lost city.

On the Smart Planet website, Tuan C. Nguyen quotes Egyptologist Sarah Parcak as saying, “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. Indiana Jones is old school, we’ve moved on from Indy."

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