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  • Massive New Monument Found in Petra

    06/09/2016 5:02:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    The newly revealed structure consists of a 184-by-161-foot (about 56-by-49-meter) platform that encloses a slightly smaller platform originally paved with flagstones. The east side of the interior platform had been lined with a row of columns that once crowned a monumental staircase. A small 28-by-28-foot (8.5-by-8.5-meter) building was centered north-south atop the interior platform and opened to the east, facing the staircase. This enormous open platform, topped with a relatively small building and approached by a monumental facade, has no known parallels to any other structure in Petra. It most likely had a public, ceremonial function, which may make it...
  • Massive New Monument Found in Petra

    06/09/2016 9:25:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | 06-08-2016 | By Kristin Romey
    An overhead image of the monument photographed from a drone, and a detail overlay of the surface features in which the image is rotated 90 degrees clockwise. Photograph by I. LaBianca (Left) and Photograph by I. LaBianca; graphics by J. Blanzy (Right) ============================================================================================== Satellites and drones helped reveal huge ceremonial platform near the ancient city’s center. An enormous monument has been hiding in plain sight at the World Heritage site of Petra, according to a study recently published in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Archaeologists Sarah Parcak, a National Geographic fellow, and Christopher Tuttle, executive director...
  • The space archaeologist unearthed 4000 years old tomb in Egypt

    02/27/2016 12:16:50 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Luxor Times ^ | February 23, 2016 | unattributed
    Middle Kingdom rock-cut tomb discovered in El-Lisht. The Egyptian-American mission directed by Mohamed Youssef (Dahshur antiquities director) and Dr. Sarah Parcak (University of Alabama) discovered a Middle Kingdom tomb in El-Lisht to the south of Senusret I pyramid. "The mission has been working on documenting and preserving the result of illicit digs which took place after 25th of January 2011 turmoil." Dr. Mamdouh El-Damaty, Minister of Antiquities, told Luxor Times. The discovered tomb belongs to a High official dated to 12th Dynasty at the reign of Senusret I. The tomb owner held the title "Royal seal bearer". The mission will...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • View From Space Hints at a New Viking Site in North America

    04/01/2016 9:28:40 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 43 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 31 March 2016 | Ralph Blumenthal
    A thousand years after the Vikings braved the icy seas from Greenland to the New World in search of timber and plunder, satellite technology has found intriguing evidence of a long-elusive prize in archaeology — a second Norse settlement in North America, further south than ever known.
  • Ancient Egyptian City Spotted From Space

    06/05/2007 6:39:35 PM PDT · by BGHater · 32 replies · 1,642+ views
    Live Science ^ | 05 June 2007 | Heather Whipps
    Satellites hovering above Egypt have zoomed in on a 1,600-year-old metropolis, archaeologists say. Images captured from space pinpoint telltale signs of previous habitation in the swatch of land 200 miles south of Cairo, which digging recently confirmed as an ancient settlement dating from about 400 A.D. The find is part of a larger project aiming to map as much of ancient Egypt's archaeological sites, or "tells," as possible before they are destroyed or covered by modern development. "It is the biggest site discovered so far," said project leader Sarah Parcak of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Based on the...
  • 17 lost pyramids discovered in Egypt by space scientists

    05/25/2011 6:12:24 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | May 25, 2011 | msnbc.com staff and news service reports
    Seventeen lost pyramids are believed to have been found in Egypt by a team of space archaeologists from Alabama, according to a report. Sarah Parcak and her team at a NASA-sponsored laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham made the discoveries using a satellite survey, and also found more than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements in infrared images that show up buildings underground, BBC News reported. The BBC said that two of the suspected pyramids had been confirmed by initial excavations. "We were very intensely doing this research for over a year. I could see the data as...
  • Space: The Final [Archaeological] Frontier

    12/02/2004 5:27:51 PM PST · by Constitution Day · 22 replies · 627+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | November/December 2004 issue | P.J. Capelotti
    Space: The Final [Archaeological] Frontier Volume 57 Number 6, November/December 2004 by P.J. Capelotti Illustrations by James Jean Summer 2205 During a preliminary survey of late twenty-first-century mining outposts in the asteroid belt, Dr. Gan Shishu, director of the Institute for Space Archaeology at the China National Space Administration, recognized a unique opportunity. Leaving her field team as they continued to document the massive Halliburton gantry on asteroid Q36, she piloted her team's one-person archaeoprobe L.S.B. Leakey toward a strange-looking artifact nearby that had been drifting in heliocentric orbit for more than two centuries. Science fiction? Not any longer....
  • Honduras to make archeological dig for mysterious 'White City'

    01/09/2016 3:03:59 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | January 7, 2016 | AFP, editors
    A view of the Rio Platano biosphere reserve in Honduras, where explorers over the past century have claimed several times to have spotted the White City Honduras said Thursday it was starting a major archeological dig for a mysterious, ancient "White City" supposedly hidden in jungle in its northeast that explorers and legends have spoken of for centuries. "Today a group of archeologists and scientists is traveling to the White City to start excavations in coming days," President Juan Orlando Hernandez said in a speech to private universities. The hope is that they will uncover incontrovertible proof of the existence...
  • NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks

    10/30/2015 9:49:40 AM PDT · by Theoria · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Oct 2015 | Ralph Blumenthal
    High in the skies over Kazakhstan, space-age technology has revealed an ancient mystery on the ground. Satellite pictures of a remote and treeless northern steppe reveal colossal earthworks — geometric figures of squares, crosses, lines and rings the size of several football fields, recognizable only from the air and the oldest estimated at 8,000 years old. The largest, near a Neolithic settlement, is a giant square of 101 raised mounds, its opposite corners connected by a diagonal cross, covering more terrain than the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Another is a kind of three-limbed swastika, its arms ending in zigzags bent...
  • Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014 [CHEESE!]

    12/30/2014 1:54:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    www.livescience.com ^ | December 25, 2014 06:10am ET | by Megan Gannon, News Editor
    Thanks to the careful work of archaeologists, we learned more in the past year about Stonehenge's hidden monuments, Richard III's gruesome death and King Tut's mummified erection. From the discovery of an ancient tomb in Greece to the first evidence of Neanderthal art, here are 10 of Live Science's favorite archaeology stories of 2014. 1. An Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis [snip] 2. Stonehenge's secret monuments [snip] 3. A shipwreck under the World Trade Center [snip] 4. Richard III's twisted spine, kingly diet and family tree [snip] 5. A teenager in a "black hole" [snip] 6. Syria by satellite...
  • Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast Baffle Archaeologists

    10/31/2014 10:45:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Live Science ^ | October 30, 2014 07:49am ET | Owen Jarus,
    Their purpose is unknown, and archaeologists are unsure when these structures were built. Analysis of the photographs, as well as artifacts found on the ground, suggest the circles date back at least 2,000 years, but they may be much older. They could even have been constructed in prehistoric times, before writing was invented, scientists say. Though the Big Circles were first spotted by aircraft in the 1920s, little research has focused on these structures, and many scientists are not even aware of their existence, something these archaeologists hope the new aerial images will help to change. The "most important contribution...
  • Spy Satellites Reveal Ancient Archaeological Sites

    05/14/2014 6:00:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 14, 2014 | Abraham Rabinovich
    The number of identified archaeological sites in the Middle East has been tripled by an outdated technology that could not be replicated today—Cold War satellite photographs. The Corona Atlas of the Middle East, unveiled last week in the United States, has added some 10,000 sites to the 4,500 previously known archaeological sites between Egypt and Iran. The photographs, taken mostly in the 1960s for a project managed by the CIA, captured the landscape of the region before it was substantially altered by the spread of modern cities, agricultural development, and the construction of dams and other infrastructure. “Some of these...
  • Google helps find ancient Roman remains

    09/21/2005 1:36:15 PM PDT · by Babu · 12 replies · 768+ views
    A computer programmer looking at Google Earth satellite images has reportedly discovered the remains of an ancient Roman villa near Sorbelo, Italy. Luca Mori of Sorbelo was looking at a satellite image of his area, located near Parma, when he noticed unusual shading near his home, the London Telegraph reported Wednesday. He said the area had an oval shaded form more than 500 yards long, with some unusual rectangular shadows nearby. Archaeologists subsequently determined the rectangular lines were, most likely, a buried structure and the oval area was likely the course of an ancient river.
  • Russia - Iran's first Sina military reconnaissance satellite launched

    10/27/2005 12:44:56 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 337+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | October 27, 2005
    Russian rocket launched with eight satellites on board MOSCOW, October 27 (RIA Novosti) - A Kosmos-3M carrier rocket with a Russian Mozhayets-5 educational satellite and seven foreign minisatellites on board was successfully launched from Russia's Plisetsk Space Center at 10:52 Moscow time, a spokesman for the Russian Federal Space Agency said Thursday. "The launch went smoothly, and all the satellites are set to undock from the Russian carrier rocket at 11:27 Moscow time one by one with an interval of a few seconds," the source said.
  • Geology Picture of the Week, May 18-25, 2003 (and nobody answered last week's WhereIsIt!)

    05/19/2003 7:58:29 AM PDT · by cogitator · 6 replies · 212+ views
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | May 2003 | NASA
    Link Post: Geology Picture of the Week, May 18-25, 2003 (and nobody answered last week's WhereIsIt!) (also, click on the source link for a Space Station photo of the volcanic eruption plume from a Pacific island)
  • Geology Picture of the Week, May 18-25, 2003 (and nobody answered last week's WhereIsIt!)

    05/19/2003 7:53:46 AM PDT · by cogitator · 30 replies · 529+ views
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | May 2003 | NASA
    I vacillated a bit before posting this image. There's also a cool image of the eruption of Anatahan Island in the Pacific taken from the Space Station at the Earth Observatory link above. As for the picture below, click it to see the large version, which is gorgeous. You can even see some kind of phytoplankton bloom in the Salton Sea, and the Great Salt Lake has a variety of colors. As for the WhereIsIt?, in the first reply below I've reposted the URL. Nobody figured this one out yet!
  • The First Bush Space Policy

    05/13/2003 9:36:40 AM PDT · by RightWhale · 1 replies · 186+ views
    spaceref.com ^ | 13 May 03 | Frank Sietzen, Jr.
    The First Bush Space Policy Frank Sietzen, Jr. Tuesday, May 13, 2003 Today's action puts the first Bush administration 'stamp' on U.S. Space Policy, and while it is only the first policy action in an anticipated series, it has a clearly identifiable cast to its contents. The new space remote sensing policy released today by the National Security Council has a decidedly free market, conservative slant as it seeks to craft a new cooperative framework between U.S. federal users of space photography and the fledgling industry that is struggling to offer such services. Commercial sources of high resolution images...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, October 6-12, 2002

    10/08/2002 10:09:51 AM PDT · by cogitator · 1 replies · 172+ views
    Link post: Geology Picture of the Week, October 6-12, 2002