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  • Egypt’s Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By the Company Hired to Fix It

    09/04/2014 4:17:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | September 3, 2014 10:37 AM | Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan
    Saqqara, in Egypt, is the oldest stone complex ever built by humans—and within it sits the oldest pyramid in Egypt. It’s a piece of irreplaceable history that’s been crumbling for 4,600 years. But according to one local report, it’s currently being destroyed by the company hired to “restore” it. In fact, the company hired by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities may have even committed a crime in its restoration. According to the Egypt Independent, preservation laws require that any new construction be less than 5 percent of the preserved structure. Instead, the company—which has reportedly never worked on a preservation project...
  • Uncovering The Secrets Of The Great Pyramid

    08/29/2004 8:46:23 AM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 1,231+ views
    IOL ^ | 8-29-2004 | Annick Benoist
    Uncovering the secrets of the Great Pyramid August 29 2004 at 01:18PM By Annick Benoist Paris - Two French amateur archaelogists this week published a book in which they claim to have located the secret burial chamber of the Pyramid of Cheops near Cairo, the largest pyramid ever built. According to the study of the Great Pyramid, a fourth, undiscovered room lies underneath its so-called Queen's chamber, and is likely to have been the burial chamber for Cheops, an Egyptian pharaoh who ruled from 2560 to 2532 BC. Cheops' final resting place has never been found despite decades of investigation...
  • Great Pyramid May Hold Two Hidden Chambers

    02/02/2011 4:58:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Thursday, January 27, 2011 | Content provided by AFP
    Jean-Pierre Houdin -- who was rebuffed three years ago by Egypt in his appeal for a probe into how the Pyramid was built -- said 3-D simulation and data from a U.S. egyptologist, Bob Brier, pointed to two secret chambers in the heart of the structure. The rooms would have housed furniture for use in the afterlife by the pharaoh Khufu, also known as Cheops in Greek, he told a press conference. "I am convinced there are antechambers in this pyramid. What I want is to find them," he said. In March 2007, Houdin advanced the theory that the Great...
  • Update: Return to the Great Pyramid [ Bob Brier & Jean-Pierre Houdin ]

    07/14/2009 4:59:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies · 2,315+ views
    Archaeology ^ | Volume 62 Number 4, July/August 2009 | Bob Brier
    All of the current theories -- a long, straight ramp, a ramp that corkscrewed around the outside of the pyramid, or cranelike shadoufs (used in Egypt until recently for irrigating fields) -- have serious flaws... architect Jean-Pierre Houdin and I presented a radical new theory: that blocks of stone were raised to the very top of the pyramid on an internal ramp. We gave what we felt was strong evidence for the theory, which explains a French team's microgravemetric survey in the 1980s that recorded variations in the density of the pyramid... an image from the survey may show a...
  • Egyptologists use high-tech software to analyze construction of Great Pyramid

    10/21/2008 6:14:48 AM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 17 replies · 1,886+ views
    physorg.com ^ | October 21, 2008 | Sumathi Reddy and Nia-Malika Henderson
    Using cutting edge technology, Egyptologist Bob Brier of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University delved into the only standing wonder of the ancient world, the Great Pyramid, and uncovered the mystery behind cracks in the massive Egyptian structure, unearthing a new room along the way. Brier, French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin and a team of software specialists from Dassault Systems in Paris used 3-D modeling software to determine that the burial chamber's stone support beams cracked as final construction of the Giza wonder was near completion 4,500 years ago. The team discovered that the cracks occurred when three...
  • Architect Says Pyramid Built Inside Out

    03/31/2007 9:48:03 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 38 replies · 836+ views
    AOL News ^ | March 31, 2007 | Tim Hepher
    A French architect said on Friday he had cracked a 4,500-year-old mystery surrounding Egypt's Great Pyramid, saying it was built from the inside out. Previous theories have suggested Pharaoh Khufu's tomb, the last surviving example of the seven great wonders of antiquity, was built using either a vast frontal ramp or a ramp in a corkscrew shape around the exterior to haul up the stonework. But flouting previous wisdom, Jean-Pierre Houdin said advanced 3D technology had shown the main ramp which was used to haul the massive stones to the apex was contained 10-15 meters beneath the outer skin, tracing...
  • Architect claims to solve pyramid secret

    03/30/2007 4:57:51 PM PDT · by Man50D · 54 replies · 1,094+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 30, 2007 | LAURENCE JOAN-GRANGE
    PARIS - A French architect claimed Friday to have uncovered the mystery about how Egypt's Great Pyramid of Khufu was built — with use of a spiral ramp to hoist huge stone blocks into place. The construction of the Great Pyramid 4,500 years ago by Khufu, a ruler also known as Cheops, has long befuddled scientists as to how its 3 million stone blocks weighing 2.5 tons each were lifted into place. Ending eight years of study on the subject, architect Jean-Pierre Houdin released his findings and a computerized 3-D mockup showing how workers would have erected the pyramid at...
  • Solved! How Ancient Egyptians Moved Massive Pyramid Stones

    05/03/2014 6:46:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 124 replies
    LiveScience ^ | May 01, 2014 | Denise Chow
    The ancient Egyptians who built the pyramids may have been able to move massive stone blocks across the desert by wetting the sand in front of a contraption built to pull the heavy objects, according to a new study. Physicists at the University of Amsterdam investigated the forces needed to pull weighty objects on a giant sled over desert sand, and discovered that dampening the sand in front of the primitive device reduces friction on the sled, making it easier to operate. The findings help answer one of the most enduring historical mysteries: how the Egyptians were able to accomplish...
  • Thor Heyerdahl and the Pyramids of Greece

    04/25/2002 4:35:53 PM PDT · by Richard Poe · 18 replies · 1,554+ views
    RichardPoe.com ^ | April 26, 2002 | Richard Poe
    WITH ALL THE WAR NEWS blaring from our TV sets, few Americans found time last week to mark the passing of 87-year-old Thor Heyerdahl. Yet his death haunts and accuses us, like a dagger pointed at our hearts. The great Norwegian explorer lived as few men dare to live in this effeminate age. Heyerdahl roamed the seas in primitive, handmade craft, as intimate with death as his Viking forebears had been. In 1947, he sailed more than 4,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean in a balsa-log raft named Kon-Tiki. He crossed the Atlantic in 1970, in a ship of reeds,...
  • 4,600-Year-Old Step Pyramid Uncovered in Egypt

    02/03/2014 4:52:14 PM PST · by gooblah · 22 replies
    Yahoo/Livescience ^ | Owen Jarus
    TORONTO — Archaeologists working near the ancient settlement of Edfu, in southern Egypt, have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years, predating the Great Pyramid of Giza by at least a few decades.
  • Why did two German 'hobbyists' deface a cartouche of Khufu inside the Great Pyramid

    01/18/2014 9:33:27 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    News.com.au ^ | 16 Jan 2014 | News.com.au
    EXACTLY what drove two men to pretend to be archaeologists and hack off pieces of the Great Pyramid? Atlantis. It's a tale of cranks, conspiracies and an ancient cartouche. The Great Pyramid of Khufu (also known as Cheops) on the Giza Plateau is the largest pyramid in Egypt and the only surviving example of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The cartouche? It's an ancient red-pigment scribble deep inside the Great Pyramid said to be the linchpin in identifying who it was actually built for. Is it an authentic ancient Egyptian depiction of his name, or a 19th century...
  • Have Mankind's 'Greatest Pyramids' Been Pinpointed?

    07/23/2013 5:56:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Newser ^ | July 17, 2013 | Ruth Brown
    An amateur archaeologist in North Carolina made headlines last year when she claimed to have uncovered long-lost pyramids in Egypt via Google Earth. Real archaeologists have been a bit more skeptical. But Angela Micol says new discoveries help prove her findings, reports Discovery News. Another amateur archaeologist recently did a ground study at one of the two sites she spotted, and claims what he saw there—pottery, shells, and signs of cavities and tunnels below the the surface—support Micol's claims. "Those mounds are definitely hiding an ancient site below them," he says. Additionally, an Egyptian couple who are leading collectors of...
  • Ancient Peru pyramid spotted by satellite

    10/06/2008 10:07:31 AM PDT · by BGHater · 48 replies · 2,338+ views
    Discovery ^ | 06 Oct 2008 | Rossella Lorenzi
    New remote-sensing technology reveals huge structure beneath surface A new remote sensing technology has peeled away layers of mud and rock near Peru's Cahuachi desert to reveal an ancient adobe pyramid, Italian researchers announced on Friday at a satellite imagery conference in Rome. Nicola Masini and Rosa Lasaponara of Italy's National Research Council (CNR) discovered the pyramid by analyzing images from the satellite Quickbird, which they used to penetrate the Peruvian soil. The researchers investigated a test area along the river Nazca. Covered by plants and grass, it was about a mile away from Cahuachi's archaeological site, which contains the...
  • Mysterious Pyramid Complex Discovered In Peru

    02/20/2008 7:17:44 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 334+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 2-20-2008 | Kelly Hearn
    Mysterious Pyramid Complex Discovered in Peru Kelly Hearn in Buenos Aires, Argentina for National Geographic NewsFebruary 20, 2008 The remnants of at least ten pyramids have been discovered on the coast of Peru, marking what could be a vast ceremonial site of an ancient, little-known culture, archaeologists say. In January construction crews working in the province of Piura discovered several truncated pyramids and a large adobe platform (see map). Last week they announced that the complex, which is 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) long and 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) wide, belonged to the ancient Vicús culture and was likely either a...
  • Area Professor Breaks New Ground On Maya

    09/28/2003 5:04:31 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 945+ views
    San Antonio Express ^ | 9-28-2003 | Roger Croteau
    Area professor breaks new ground on Maya By Roger Croteau San Antonio Express-News Web Posted : 09/28/2003 12:00 AM Findings by a Texas State University-San Marcos professor at an archaeological site in Belize have pushed back the date for the rise of the Maya civilization to 300 years earlier than previously believed. Anthropology professor James J. Garber has worked at the site, known as Blackman Eddy, each summer since 1990. Although smaller than many other Maya ruins, it was a major cultural center in the Upper Belize Valley. "I would say it's a very important finding," said Sandra Noble, executive...
  • Lost Society Tore Itself Apart (Moche)

    03/03/2005 11:54:49 AM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 1,088+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-3-2005 | Nick Davidson
    Lost society tore itself apart By Nick Davidson BBC Horizon The largest pyramid constructed by the Moche, the Huaca del Sol Two thousand years ago, a mysterious and little known civilisation ruled the northern coast of Peru. Its people were called the Moche. They built huge and bizarre pyramids that still dominate the surrounding landscape; some well over 30m (100ft) tall. They are so heavily eroded, they look like natural features; only close up can you see they are made up of millions of adobe mud bricks. These pyramids are known as "huacas", meaning "sacred site" in the local Indian...
  • A Stone Pyramid At Cahokia, Illinois

    02/22/2002 4:38:42 PM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 1,474+ views
    A Stone Pyramid At Cahokia, Illinois? St. Louis Post-Dispatch Archaeologists have made an astonishing discovery at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site: what appears to be a large stone structure beneath the site's biggest earthen mound. The site was discovered accidentally Jan. 24 during drilling to construct a water-drainage system within Monks Mound, the largest Indian mound north of Mexico and the largest prehistoric earthen construction in the New World. "This is astounding," said William Woods, an archaeologist with Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, who is leading the investigation of the mystery structure. "It's so unexpected that it would never ...
  • First City in the New World?

    07/27/2002 3:02:57 PM PDT · by vannrox · 17 replies · 749+ views
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | August 2002 | Abstract of an article by John F. Ross
    The amphitheater served as the ceremonial heart of a thriving city 4,600 years ago. First City in the New World? Peru's Caral suggests civilization emerged in the Americas 1,000 years earlier than experts believed Why Did They Leave the Coast? Fishermen today ply Peru’s coast in bull-rush boats as they have for thousands of years, harvesting the rich marine life sustained by the cold Humboldt Current. Leaving this food-rich environment and establishing the urban center of Caral deep in the desert became possible only through large-scale irrigation, enabling farmers to grow squash plants, sweet potatoes and beans. For protein, the...
  • Rare Skeleton, Jewels Found In Bolivia Pyramid (Tiwanaku)

    05/02/2007 5:38:33 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies · 2,854+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5-2-2007
    Rare skeleton, jewels found in Bolivia pyramid Wed May 2, 2007 9:46PM BST TIWANAKU, Bolivia (Reuters) - Archeologists have uncovered the 1,300-year-old skeleton of a ruler or priest of the ancient Tiwanaku civilization together with precious jewels inside a much-looted pyramid in western Bolivia. The bones are "in very good condition" and belong to either "a ruler or a priest," Roger Angel Cossio, the Bolivian archeologist who made the discovery, told Reuters on Wednesday. He said the tomb -- containing a diadem and fist-sized carved pendant of solid gold -- survived centuries of looting by Spanish invaders and unscrupulous raiders...
  • Pyramid 'renovation' may cause collapse

    10/20/2009 4:59:37 PM PDT · by decimon · 8 replies · 547+ views
    AFP ^ | October 20, 2009 | From correspondents in Bolivia
    EAGER to attract more tourists, the town of Tiwanaku in the Bolivian Andes has spruced up the ancient Akapana pyramid with adobe instead of stone, in what some experts are calling a renovation fiasco. Now, the Akapana pyramid risks losing its designation as a UN World Heritage Site and there is concern the makeover could even cause its collapse. The pyramid is one of the biggest pre-Columbian constructions in South America and a building of great spiritual significance for the Tiwanaku civilisation, which spread throughout south-western Bolivia and parts of neighboring Peru, Argentina and Chile from around 1500 BC to...
  • Ancient Ruler's Tomb, Gold Trove Found in Bolivia Pyramid

    08/07/2007 9:22:59 AM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 795+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 06 Aug 2007 | Kelly Hearn
    A 1,300-year-old skeleton buried with a cache of gold artifacts has been found in a Bolivian pyramid, archaeologists say. The remains are believed to belong to an elite member of the ancient Tiwanaku culture, which thrived on the shores of Lake Titicaca from about A.D. 400 to 1200 (see Bolivia map). Scientists found the bones and offerings this spring in the upper reaches of the Akapana pyramid, a heavily looted temple experts say is one of the largest pre-Hispanic structures in South America. The condition of the artifacts and the skeleton's location inside the pyramid lead researchers to believe the...
  • Egyptian Salafi Sheik Calls to Destroy Pyramids, Says: Bin Laden Greater t

    07/06/2013 1:48:47 PM PDT · by don-o · 51 replies
    Memi TV via YouTube ^ | November 14. 2012
    Someone on the board asked about a threat / promise to destroy the pyramids
  • Have Lost Pyramids of Herodotus Been Found in Egypt with Google Earth?

    06/13/2013 8:19:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 60 replies
    YouTube via Indiegogo ^ | Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | Angela Micol
    After 10 years of satellite archaeology research I decided in August of 2012 to seek help for my work from the public with a press release. The goal of this public outreach was to get help ground proofing two sites I had found in Egypt via Google Earth, to see if they were possible pyramid complexes that had remained undiscovered. The Discovery News website was the first news outlet to pick up the press release and publish the full, intact story on August 10th of 2012.
  • Possible Egyptian pyramids found using Google Earth

    08/10/2012 3:40:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    Archaeology News Network ^ | Monday, August 6, 2012 | Posted by TANN
    One of the complex sites contains a distinct, four-sided, truncated, pyramidal shape that is approximately 140 feet in width. This site contains three smaller mounds in a very clear formation, similar to the diagonal alignment of the Giza Plateau pyramids. The second possible site contains four mounds with a larger, triangular-shaped plateau. The two larger mounds at this site are approximately 250 feet in width, with two smaller mounds approximately 100 feet in width. This site complex is arranged in a very clear formation with the large plateau, or butte, nearby in a triangular shape with a width of approximately...
  • Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images (17!)

    05/25/2011 5:56:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24 May 2011 Last updated at 19:32 ET | By Frances Cronin
    Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey 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 in Birmingham by US Egyptologist Dr Sarah Parcak. 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...
  • ‘Destroy The Idols,’ Egyptian Jihadist Calls For Removal Of Sphinx, Pyramids

    11/12/2012 10:04:36 AM PST · by blam · 36 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | 11-12-2012
    ‘Destroy The Idols,’ Egyptian Jihadist Calls For Removal Of Sphinx, Pyramids Monday, 12 November 2012By AL ARABIYA Murgan Salem al-Gohary, an Islamist leader twice-sentenced under former President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence, called on Muslims to remove such “idols.” (Courtesy: Dream TV) An Egyptian jihad leader, with self-professed links to the Taliban, called for the “destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt,” drawing ties between the Egyptian relics and Buddha statues, local media reported this week. Murgan Salem al-Gohary, an Islamist leader twice-sentenced under former President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence, called on Muslims to remove such...
  • ‘Destroy the idols,’ Egyptian jihadist calls for removal of Sphinx, Pyramids

    11/12/2012 7:52:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 70 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 11/12/2012 | By AL ARABIYA
    An Egyptian jihad leader, with self-professed links to the Taliban, called for the “destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt,” drawing ties between the Egyptian relics and Buddha statues, local media reported this week. Murgan Salem al-Gohary, an Islamist leader twice-sentenced under former President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence, called on Muslims to remove such “idols.” “All Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols, as we did in Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statues,” he said on Saturday during a television interview on an Egyptian private channel, widely watched by...
  • Calls to Destroy Egypt's Great Pyramids Begin

    07/11/2012 5:47:24 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 79 replies
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | July 10, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt's Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi'i, those "symbols of paganism," which Egypt's Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax. Most recently, Bahrain's "Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs" and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt's new president, Muhammad Morsi, to "destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what Amr bin al-As could not." Has the sun finally set for Egypt's Great Pyramids? This is a reference to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad's companion,...
  • Calls to Destroy Egypt's Great Pyramids Begin

    07/10/2012 2:54:42 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 50 replies
    AINA ^ | 7/10/2012 | AINA
    According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt's Great Pyramids--or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi'i, those "symbols of paganism," which Egypt's Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax. Most recently, Bahrain's "Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs" and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt's new president, Muhammad Morsi, to "destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not." This is a reference to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad's companion, Amr bin al-As and his Arabian tribesmen,...
  • Calls to Destroy Egypt's Great Pyramids Begin

    07/10/2012 9:22:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 114 replies
    AINA/Front Page Magazine ^ | 7-10-2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt's Great Pyramids--or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi'i, those "symbols of paganism," which Egypt's Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax. Most recently, Bahrain's "Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs" and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt's new president, Muhammad Morsi, to "destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not." This is a reference to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad's companion, Amr bin al-As and his Arabian tribesmen,...
  • The Salafist party's plan for the Pyramids? Cover them in wax

    12/27/2011 7:06:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/27/2011 | By MICHAEL BURLEIGH
    The pyramids at Giza are the most stunning sight I have ever seen. True, their lonely eminence is threatened by Cairo's unlicensed building sprawl, with half completed houses inching their way towards them. Surveying them at night as the calls to prayer multiplied into a thunder of sound from central Cairo already told me a few years back what was coming. For now members of the Nour (The Light) Salafist party, which won 20 per cent of the vote in recent elections, are talking about putting an end to the 'idolatry' represented by the pyramids. This means destruction - along...
  • Egyptian Islamists Target Bikinis, Pyramids

    09/02/2011 8:57:43 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 37 replies
    www.investigativeproject.org ^ | Sept 01, 2011 | IPT news
    With the Egyptian economy already worsening since the revolution began in January, Muslim Brotherhood operatives are demanding stricter regulations on behavior and dress that could damage the country's tourism industry. The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which functions as the Brotherhood's political wing, wants to ban alcohol consumption on Egyptian streets and ban bikinis on the beach. "Beach tourism must take the values and norms of our societies into account," FJP Secretary-General Muhammad Saad al-Katatny told Egyptian tourism officials Monday. "We must place regulations on tourists wishing to visit Egypt, which we will announce in advance." For their part, Egyptian...
  • Of Space Shuttles and Pyramids

    07/26/2011 9:30:30 AM PDT · by Shout Bits · 77 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 07/26/11 | Shout Bits
    The final Space Shuttle mission ended last week, amidst calls for Washington to cut spending. The Shuttle program cost over $200bln, not to mention 14 lives, while giving little in return. Clearly a Shuttle launch was a majestic site; no one had ever assembled a machine so complicated that had to perform perfectly. Still, at over $400 million per pop, these are expensive warm-fuzzy moments. The Shuttles’ accomplishments were few. They launched satellites that could have been delivered to orbit cheaper by unmanned rockets. They built a space station that replaced an existing station – both of which served no...
  • Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images

    05/25/2011 9:36:00 AM PDT · by bigbob · 36 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5-24-11 | Frances Cronin
    Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey 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 Birmingham by US Egyptologist Dr Sarah Parcak. satellite image of pyramid 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...
  • The mystery of ancient man: Lost civilizations

    12/23/2010 5:59:45 AM PST · by Purrsiancat · 55 replies · 4+ views
    Did visitors from space help build the great pyramids of Egypt and Central America? Is advanced technology from an alien civilization needed to explain how ancient man could move huge stones, build monumental structures, create intricate artwork and organize complex cultures? Some think so, because of their evolutionary belief that ancient man was ‘primitive’. If evolution were true, the further back into history we look, evidence should show a gradual decline in man’s intelligence, moving closer to the ape’s. Biblical creation would indicate otherwise. Man, created in God’s image, has always been intelligent. People make discoveries and invent things, and...
  • NASA Photos of the Day: Great Pyramids of Giza, Plus, Let's Inspect NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery

    05/06/2010 5:28:25 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 7 replies · 1,366+ views
    NASA ^ | January 24, 2010; April 17, 2010; April 17, 2010 | International Space Station (Expedition 22 and 23) Astronauts
    1. El Giza, The Great Pyramids and Cairo, Egypt: 6048x4030 pixels, 4502x3000 pixels, 3002x2000 pixels, 2000x1332 pixels via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20040823.htm   2. Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-131) nose down: 2830x4256 pixels, 2000x3008 pixels, 1330x2000 pixels, 1024x1540 pixels via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060917.htm   3. Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-131) belly up over the Caribbean Sea near Columbia's Isla de Providencia: 4256x2830 pixels, 3008x2000 pixels, 2000x1330 pixels, 1540x1024 pixels via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060917.htm The Photographers Astronauts aboard the International Space Station  
  • Sudan's forgotten pyramids

    03/10/2010 7:15:38 AM PST · by Palter · 17 replies · 721+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 07 Mar 2010 | Guillaume Lavallee
    Archaeologists say the pyramids, cemeteries and ancient palaces of the Nubian Desert in northern Sudan hold mysteries to rival ancient Egypt. There is not a tourist in sight as the Sun sets over sand-swept pyramids at Meroe, in northern Sudan. "There is a magic beauty about these sites that is heightened by the privilege of being able to admire them alone, with the pyramids, the dunes and the sun," says Guillemette Andreu, head of antiquities at Paris' Louvre museum. "It really sets them apart from the Egyptian pyramids, whose beauty is slightly overshadowed by the tourist crowds." Meroe lies around...
  • Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves

    01/10/2010 6:35:05 PM PST · by jerry557 · 30 replies · 1,480+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 01/10/2010 | Marwa Awad
    CAIRO (Reuters) – New tombs found in Giza support the view that the Great Pyramids were built by free workers and not slaves, as widely believed, Egypt's chief archaeologist said on Sunday. Films and media have long depicted slaves toiling away in the desert to build the mammoth pyramids only to meet a miserable death at the end of their efforts. "These tombs were built beside the king's pyramid, which indicates that these people were not by any means slaves," Zahi Hawass, the chief archaeologist heading the Egyptian excavation team, said in a statement. "If they were slaves, they would...
  • HELLENIC PYRAMIDS

    09/03/2009 2:02:14 PM PDT · by Nikas777 · 12 replies · 991+ views
    hiddenmysteries.org ^ | Ioannis Lyritzis
    HELLENIC PYRAMIDS It is not well known that there are Greek pyramids . There are more than 16 pyramids spread all over the Greece. The oldest one is the pyramid of Hellinikon INTRODUCTION The existence of pyramids in Greece was unknown to most people until recently, and even today not much is known about them. For example, the pyramid of Hellenikon, near Argos, is older than the Pyramids of Egypt. In fact, Pausanias (in Graeciae Descriptio) says that this pyramid was a memorial in rememberance of the first battle fought by soldiers bearing shields! Pyramids in Greece are usually smaller...
  • Cave Complex Allegedly Found Under Giza Pyramids

    08/14/2009 10:09:21 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 2,079+ views
    Vorchester | Discovery News ^ | 8/13/09 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Aug. 13, 2009 -- An enormous system of caves, chambers and tunnels lies hidden beneath the Pyramids of Giza, according to a British explorer who claims to have found the lost underworld of the pharaohs. Populated by bats and venomous spiders, the underground complex was found in the limestone bedrock beneath the pyramid field at Giza. "There is untouched archaeology down there, as well as a delicate ecosystem that includes colonies of bats and a species of spider which we have tentatively identified as the white widow," British explorer Andrew Collins said. Collins, who will detail his findings in the...
  • Egypt Set to Open Pyramid for First Time to Tourists

    03/16/2009 7:29:36 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 16 replies · 843+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 16, 2009 | Associated Press
    Travelers to Egypt will soon be able to explore the inner chambers of the 4,500-year-old "bent" pyramid, known for its oddly shaped profile, and other nearby ancient tombs, Egypt's antiquities chief announced Monday. The increased access to the pyramids south of Cairo is part of a new sustainable development campaign that Egypt hopes will attract more visitors but also to avoid some of the problems of the urban sprawl that have plagued the famed pyramids of Giza. Egypt's chief archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, said the chambers of the 330-foot-pyramid outside the village of Dahshur, 50 miles south of Cairo, will be...
  • Pyramids in China

    01/07/2009 10:46:19 AM PST · by BGHater · 31 replies · 1,447+ views
    Walter Hain ^ | 25 Oct 2006 | Walter Hain
    The "White Pyramid" discovered! It is the Maoling Mausoleum! Since many years already in the popular scientific community and in publications there are many announcements and contentions of gigantic pyramids in China. The puzzle around the look-up seems final after new discoveries. With the help of Google Earth, the objects are to be seen impressively. It can not be maintained longer, there might be no pyramids in China.!They have four sides and they are even square like the pyramids in Egypt and in Mexico. Its size can quite be matched with those of the Pharaons and of the Mexican rulers....
  • A new angle on pyramids: Scientists explore whether Egyptians used concrete

    05/01/2008 11:04:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies · 1,127+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 22, 2008 | Colin Nickerson
    At MIT, Hobbs and two colleagues teach a course called Materials in Human Experience... The MIT pyramid will contain only about 280 blocks, compared with 2.3 million in the grandest of the Great Pyramids... Hobbs describes himself as "agnostic" on the issue, but believes mainstream archeologists have been too contemptuous of work by other scientists suggesting the possibility of concrete. "The degree of hostility aimed at experimentation is disturbing," he said. "Too many big egos and too many published works may be riding on the idea that every pyramid block was carved, not cast." ...In 2006, research by Michel W....
  • Egypt's Pyramids Packed With Seashells (Not Concrete)

    05/01/2008 2:02:14 PM PDT · by blam · 43 replies · 90+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | 5-1-2008 | Jennifer Viegas
    Egypt's Pyramids Packed With Seashells Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News Fossil-Filled April 25, 2008 -- Many of Egypt's most famous monuments, such as the Sphinx and Cheops, contain hundreds of thousands of marine fossils, most of which are fully intact and preserved in the walls of the structures, according to a new study. The study's authors suggest that the stones that make up the examined monuments at Giza plateau, Fayum and Abydos must have been carved out of natural stone since they reveal what chunks of the sea floor must have looked like over 4,000 years ago, when the buildings were...
  • Scientists Say Pyramids Could Be Concrete

    04/23/2008 1:23:56 PM PDT · by blam · 50 replies · 671+ views
    Physorg ^ | 4-23-2008 | UPI
    Scientists say pyramids could be concrete April 23, 2008 Scientists are taking a new look at Egypt's pyramids to see if some of the blocks could have been made from concrete. Linn W. Hobbs, a materials science professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told The Boston Globe there is a chance ancient Egyptians could have cast the blocks from synthetic material instead of carving them from quarries. Scientists have long believed Romans were the first to use structural concrete. Undergraduates in MIT's Materials in Human Experience class are building a scale-model pyramid made of quarried limestone and blocks cast from...
  • Egypt 'to copyright antiquities'

    12/25/2007 8:02:51 PM PST · by antiRepublicrat · 20 replies · 309+ views
    BBC News ^ | 25 December 2007 | BBC News
    Egypt's MPs are expected to pass a law requiring royalties be paid whenever copies are made of museum pieces or ancient monuments such as the pyramids. Zahi Hawass, who chairs Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told the BBC the law would apply in all countries. The money was needed to maintain thousands of pharaonic sites, he said. Correspondents say the law will deal a blow to themed resorts across the world where large-scale copies of Egyptian artefacts are a crowd-puller. Mr Hawass said the law would apply to full-scale replicas of any object in any museum in Egypt. "Commercial use"...
  • Egypt to copyright pyramids

    12/25/2007 7:10:11 PM PST · by FreedomCalls · 135 replies · 341+ views
    AFP ^ | Dec 25, 2007 | AFP
    CAIRO (AFP) — In a potential blow to themed resorts from Vegas to Tokyo, Egypt is to pass a law requiring payment of royalties whenever its ancient monuments, from the pyramids to the sphinx, are reproduced. Zahi Hawass, the charismatic and controversial head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told AFP on Tuesday that the move was necessary to pay for the upkeep of the country's thousands of pharaonic sites. "The new law will completely prohibit the duplication of historic Egyptian monuments which the Supreme Council of Antiquities considers 100-percent copies," he said. "If the law is passed then it...
  • The Mother Of All Civilizations (Caral, Peru)

    12/16/2007 8:19:48 AM PST · by blam · 70 replies · 449+ views
    Times OF India ^ | 12-16-2007 | Shobhan Saxena
    The mother of all civilisations 16 Dec 2007, 0001 hrs IST,Shobhan Saxena,TNN The ruins were so magnificent and sprawling that some people believed that the aliens from a faraway galaxy had built the huge pyramids that stood in the desert across the Andes. Some historians believed that the complex society, which existed at that time, was born out of fear and war. They looked for the telltale signs of violence that they believed led to the creation of this civilisation. But, they could not find even a hint of any warfare. It was baffling. Even years after Ruth Shady Solis...
  • Stones of the Pyramids were Poured, Not Chisled

    05/21/2007 10:44:47 AM PDT · by mission9 · 96 replies · 4,525+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 05-21-07 | Ranger
    Drexel University researchers are revising the book on the Pyramids of Egypt, the last surviving wonder of the ancient world. The standard hypothesis for their construction speculates that ancient Egyptians carved the blocks out of nearby deposits of natural limestone, using stone age tools, and then floated the stones on barges, and used primitive ramps and levers to wrestle the blocks into place. The fact is, no one knows even to this day how the Pyramids were built. Many of the limestone blocks fit so perfectly that not even a human hair ....
  • Ancient Bulgarian Sanctuaries "Older" Than Egyptian Pyramids

    05/16/2007 12:40:25 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 971+ views
    Novinite ^ | 5-16-2007
    Ancient Bulgarian Sanctuaries "Older" than Egyptian Pyramids 16 May 2007, Wednesday Bulgarian scientist will try to prove their hypothesis that the rock sanctuaries of Tatul and Perperikon in the Eastern Rhodopi Mountains are more ancient than Egyptian pyramids. To prove their hypothesis, the scientists will organize the biggest archaeology expedition in the country that will be situated near the southern town of Kardzhali. The top Bulgarian archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov will lead the expedition. The hypothesis of the rock sanctuaries' age was voiced some months ago by two Bulgarian historians. According to them the first cuts in the rocks there date...