Black History Culture : 4,600-Year-Old Step Pyramid Uncovered in Egypt

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  1. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    4,600-Year-Old Step Pyramid Uncovered in Egypt

    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.

    The step pyramid, which once stood as high as 43 feet (13 meters), is one of seven so-called "provincial" pyramids built by either the pharaoh Huni (reign ca. 2635-2610 B.C.) or Snefru (reign ca. 2610-2590 B.C.). Over time, the step pyramid's stone blocks were pillaged, and the monument was exposed to weathering, so today, it's only about 16 feet (5 m) tall.

    http://news.yahoo.com/4-600-old-step-pyramid-uncovered-egypt-175321162.html
     
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    Please!!....I seriously hope you haven't bought into these YT peopes timeline of ancient Kemet. You all amazed at that one....what about the other 17 pyramids that they haven't dug up yet?? i wonder what story that will tell!??

    Satellite Imagery Uncovers Up to 17 Lost Egyptian Pyramids
    The streets have no name. Satellite imagery reveals a maze of streets and buildings at the ancient Egyptian city of Tanis.


    When Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt in 1798, he brought more than 150 scientists and scholars along with his massive army. The scholars fanned out across Egypt, describing the country’s natural and cultural history, mapping archaeological sites from Alexandria to Aswan, and bringing places such as the Valley of the Kings to the attention of the scientific world for the first time. This week, an American research team announced that it has succeeded in a high-tech follow-on to Bonaparte’s grand survey. By analyzing high-resolution satellite imagery covering all of Egypt, researchers have reportedly discovered up to 17 lost pyramids, nearly 3000 ancient settlements, and 1000 tombs.
    The effort was led by archaeologist Sarah Parcak of the University of Alabama, Birmingham. The team’s work will be highlighted in a BBC documentary airing Monday in the United Kingdom and later on the Discovery Channel in the United States.

    The findings are groundbreaking, says Egyptologist Willeke Wendrich of the University of California, Los Angeles, who has followed closely the team’s as-yet unpublished work. “It gives us the opportunity to get at the settlement of ancient Egypt without digging even a centimeter,” she says.
    In the wake of the finds, the Egyptian government reached an agreement this week to work with Parcak and other American researchers to develop a nationwide satellite imagery project to monitor archaeological sites from space and protect them from looting and illegal house construction and other encroachments. “We are going to be teaching young Egyptians how to look at the satellite data and analyze it so they can keep an eye on these sites,” Parcak says. She and her colleagues plan to raise funds privately to support the effort.

    Parcak began her study 11 years ago, searching for traces of ancient village walls buried under Egypt’s fields and desert sands. Obtaining images from both NASA and QuickBird satellites, she combined and analyzed data from the visible imagery as well as the infrared and thermal parts of the light spectrum. Through trial and error, she discovered that the most informative images were taken during the relatively wet weeks of late winter. During this period, buried mud-brick walls absorbed more moisture than usual, producing a subtle chemical signature in the overlying soil that showed up in high-resolution, infrared satellite images. These places became “our hot spots, the places that we could end up exploring on foot,” Parcak says.

    The team found 17 buried pyramid-shaped structures, including one at Saqqara, famed for its numerous pyramids. That sighting was confirmed by a team of Egyptian archaeologists who excavated part of what is now thought to be a late Middle Kingdom pyramid at the site. The other 16 structures look like pyramids from space but could be elite tombs, Parcak says. “Let’s be honest, we won’t know if those pyramids are pyramids until we excavate,” she says.

    To further test some of the most recent satellite finds, Parcak enlisted the help of a French archaeological team already digging at a 3000-year-old site known as Tanis. The satellite data revealed a warren of mud-brick walls, mazelike streets, and large residences that may have housed the wealthy. So the French team chose a structure from the images and excavated there. Beneath about 30 centimeters of sediments, they discovered mud-brick walls. “They found an almost 100% correlation between what we see on the imagery and what we see on the ground,” Parcak says. “So this gives a significant amount of credence to what we see in the whole image.”
    “It’s really incredible work, particularly the results for Tanis,” says Peter Lacovara, an Egyptologist at the Michael C. Carlos Museum

    http://news.sciencemag.org/2011/05/satellite-imagery-uncovers-17-lost-egyptian-pyramids
     
  3. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    Not at all ...


     
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    Every discovery, 1 or 17 is fascinating to me.

    I look forward to all discoveries linking us to our past. Keita, please post the pictures of the 17 you're
    speaking of when it happens.
     
  5. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    butterfly#1


    Unless you alert Keita, its doubtful he'll return and see your post butterfly#1.
     
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    this is the only space image they have thus far....so I guess you'll have to look real close.
     
  7. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    Thanks ...


    Satellites Discover 17 Lost Egyptian Pyramids.

    Uploaded on Jun 1, 2011

    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 research led by Dr Sarah Parcak from the University of Alabama at Birmingham features in a BBC documentary, Egypt's Lost Cities on BBC One on Monday 30 May at 2030 BST. It will also be shown on the Discovery channel in the US.






     
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    @ Clyde
    I thought the mention of ones name alerted them to the post!
    Is this correct? If not, please advise.
     
  9. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    No, but you almost did it, just take away the space after you type the @ symbol. There should be no spaces between that symbol and the person's name ... When done correctly, it will appear in blue like this: butterfly#1


    This the proper way to Alert someone as mentioned here:

    http://destee.com/index.php?threads...pyramid-uncovered-in-egypt.79434/#post-858507
     
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    Thank you very much, sir!
     
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